Final Settlements Reached in Final China Airlines Crash
- In May 2002, China Air Flight 611 went down after an in-flight break-up off the coast of Taiwan.
- Kreindler &
Kreindler vigorously pursued claims against the airline and the
manufacturer, settling more than 35 suits for this accident.
Kreindler attorneys recently settled the
last of its 35 cases arising from the May 2002 crash of China Airlines
Flight 611 off the coast of Taiwan. The Boeing 747 crashed after an in-flight
break-up. New York partner Brian Alexander and Los Angeles partner Stuart
Fraenkel teamed with counsel Frank Fleming to successfully resolve all of the
firm’s cases, including the largest recovery for any case on the aircraft.
The lawsuit brought by Kreindler & Kreindler
demonstrated that both Boeing and China Airlines had improperly repaired the
tail section of the 747’s fuselage after a tail strike 20 years prior. The
Kreindler investigation into the crash raised important aviation safety issues
with far-reaching implications. Discovery uncovered countless aircraft
manufacturer-sponsored studies that revealed growing concern over the aging
commercial aircraft fleet and the increased risk of structural fatigue, which
could, and in the case of China Air Flight 611, did lead to catastrophic
Kreindler & Kreindler, as a firm, has been at the
forefront in exposing and publicizing safety issues arising from the aging
aircraft fleet around the world. Our in-house investigator, Christine Negroni (a former aviation reporter for CNN and the author of Deadly Departure: Why the Experts Failed to Prevent the TWA Flight 800
Disaster and How It Could Happen Again), was a member of the FAA’s Aging Transport
Systems Rulemaking Advisory Committee. She represented the National Air
Disaster Alliance, the largest grassroots aviation safety group in the country, comprised of aviation experts and professionals, as well as families
who have lost loved ones in aviation disasters.