JetBlue Emergency Landing: Long Beach Airport
- One of the engines of a JetBlue Airways Flight 1416, an Airbus A320, exploded and caught fire.
- Two suits are being litigated involving fuselage damage.
On Thursday, September
18, 2014, JetBlue Airways Flight 1416 had to make an emergency landing at Long
Beach Airport when one of its engines exploded and caught fire. According to
FlightAware, Flight 1416 was 20 minutes into the flight from Long Beach, CA. to
Austin, TX, when alarms went off in the cockpit and smoke filled the cabin of
the Airbus A320.
Passengers reported a loud noise followed
immediately by the cabin filling with smoke. The oxygen masks then dropped, and
flight attendants ordered passengers into the brace position for landing. After
the explosion, the aircraft made an emergency flight back to Long Beach
Airport. The crew deployed
the slides on the runway, and the aircraft was evacuated. Among the
passengers on board was actor Jackson Rathbone, from the Twilight films. A few
passengers complained of medical problems, and one was transported to a local
hospital for evaluation.
Dan Rose, a licensed commercial multi-engine airplane pilot, and Stuart
Fraenkel, an aviation mechanic and adjunct professor of aviation law (both
partners at the Kreindler law firm), litigated an incident involving a hole in
the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Flight 737 on July 13, 2009.
In that case, an SWA 737 was climbing to cruise altitude at 35,000 feet when
suddenly a 1x2-foot rupture of the fuselage skin occurred, causing an
explosive decompression of the cabin that required an emergency descent. The Kreindler firm represented
numerous families of that flight, whose claims were resolved for confidential
Mr. Rose and Mr. Fraenkel also litigated an incident involving Alaska
Airlines Flight 536 on December 27, 2005. In that case
a Menzie Aviation ground-support vehicle hit the airplane while it was on
the ramp, resulting in damage to the fuselage. Notwithstanding the damage to
the airplane, the flight took off and experienced an explosive decompression
event in flight when a one-foot hole opened up in the fuselage, requiring an
emergency descent and landing. The Kreindler firm also represented numerous families of that flight, whose
claims were resolved for confidential amounts.
About Kreindler &
Founded in 1950, Kreindler & Kreindler is internationally recognized as the first and most prominent aviation law firm in the United States. The firm has been the leading plaintiff legal counsel on thousands of aviation cases that include:
- Asiana Airlines
- the September 11th terrorist attacks
- Pan Am Lockerbie Flight 103
- Korean Airlines Flight 007
- American Airlines Flight 587
Kreindler partners include airplane and helicopter
pilots, engineers and other technical experts. Kreindler has offices in New
York, Los Angeles and Boston. For more information, contact Mr. Rose in New
York at 212-687-8181 or Mr. Fraenkel in Los Angeles at 213-622-6469.