Major Airline Cases

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has successfully handled thousands of commercial airline disaster cases, including actions against virtually every major domestic and international airline; the large aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus; and many of the manufacturers of components and instruments used aboard commercial jets. The firm's work has been instrumental in promoting aviation safety and we have repeatedly won precedent-setting cases and secured record damage recoveries for our clients.

View a partial list of Kreindler's major cases:

Continental Connection (Colgan) Flight 3407

Kreindler successfully litigated claims arising from the February 12, 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York. The Continental Connection Flight 3407 disaster exposed serious safety problems associated with regional airlines' operations and we are honored to represent the Flight 3407 families who have made improving aviation safety their primary goal. The Kreindler 3407 team included Justin Green, Dan Rose, Marc Moller, Noah Kushlefsky and Jim Kreindler. The court appointed Jim Kreindler chair of the committee of plaintiffs' lawyers prosecuting the case. The court appointed Justin Green and Dan Rose among the lead attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Comair Flight 191, marketed as Delta Connection Flight 5191

In the early morning of August 27, 2006, the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 100ER that was being used for the flight crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, four miles (6 kilometers) west of the central business district of the City of Lexington. Kreindler played a leading role in the litigation arising from the disaster and successfully obtained a very favorable result for the firm's client. The Kreindler team on the case included Marc Moller and Dan Rose.

American Airlines Flight 587

Our firm was honored to be appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee by the Court to prosecute the claims on behalf of the families of victims from the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

Steven Pounian was appointed Chairman of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee and Robert Spragg served as Liaison Counsel. They, along with Dan Rose, successfully prosecuted all claims against American Airlines and Airbus over the past 7 years resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for the families. This summer the last passenger case was successfully completed.

The claims of all 265 families of the victims killed in the disaster are now resolved.

TWA Flight 800 Disaster

Kreindler represented the largest group of families of passengers killed in the July 1996 TWA Flight 800 disaster off Long Island, New York. At the outset, many believed that a bomb or missile caused the crash. But based on our own intensive hands-on investigation, including the examination of several 747 aircraft in the California desert, Kreindler quickly determined that the likely cause of the disaster was a mechanical malfunction leading to an explosion in the center fuel cell. Armed with this knowledge, we filed the first suit in October 1996 against the airline and manufacturer. Three of the firm's partners were appointed by the court to the Plaintiffs' Committee, including the post of Committee Chairman.

Pan Am Lockerbie Disaster

Kreindler represented the largest number of families of passengers killed in the December 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The case required an investigation spanning seven different countries. Three of the firm's partners took leading roles in exhaustive international discovery, and thereafter on the trial, and won a verdict of willful misconduct against the airline. Two of the first three damage cases we tried resulted in verdicts which set new worldwide records for recovery. We briefed, argued and defeated the airline's appeals. Our seven-year work effort resulted in the largest total recovery for a single disaster in the history of aviation. Kreindler continues to pursue claims on behalf of the families against the Libyan government.

Avianca Disaster

We represented the largest group of injury victims and families of passengers killed aboard an airliner which ran out of fuel and crashed in New York in 1991. Faced with the prospect of limited liability of the airline, Kreindler developed a negligence claim against the United States air traffic controllers who handled the aircraft. We painstakingly prepared a video recreation of the flight which placed in sharp focus the controllers' errors. After one week of trial the government agreed to a settlement which assured a complete damage recovery for all plaintiffs, even those who could not maintain their actions against the airline in the United States.

Korean Airlines Disaster

When a Korean Airlines 747 was shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983, many believed there was no way to prove that the airline had committed "willful misconduct," the standard necessary to recover full damages. Two of the firm's attorneys were appointed to the Committee that tried the case. We meticulously detailed the series of errors made by the pilots during the flight, won a verdict of willful misconduct against the airline and successfully defended the verdict on appeal.