Charter & Corporate Plane Crashes
We dig deep to determine the cause of the accident and financial liability in each case.
At Kreindler & Kreindler, we know the safety of corporate, charter, and private airplane operations can vary significantly from one operation to another. While some charter companies maintain outstanding safety practices and records, the operations of other private aircraft companies can leave a lot to be desired.
Charter and corporate air crash cases can be challenging to successfully litigate because of a number of legal obstacles including:
- obtaining personal jurisdiction in the United States over the airline
- defeating a motion to dismiss under the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens
- defeating a General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) defense
No law firm anywhere in the world can match Kreindler’s track record in aviation accident cases.
Investigating Charter and Corporate Airplane Crashes
In a major commercial airline disaster, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will assume responsibility for a thorough investigation of the causes of the accident, and Kreindler’s experts can monitor and review the progress of the official NTSB investigation. However, in charter and corporate aircraft accidents, official investigations are often limited in their scope. Subsequently, our law firm will conduct a parallel investigation that can determine causes that may have been overlooked in the official investigation. This helps us identify the relationship between multiple causes and the apportionment of liability between an operator, a contract pilot, a manufacturer, a maintenance contractor, or anyone else whose negligence may have played a role in the accident.
Who knows more about aviation law than attorneys who are also licensed, commercial pilots?
Kreindler Partners and Former Military Pilots (L-R):
Justin Green (USMC)
Brian Alexander (U.S. Army)
Dan Rose (U.S. Navy)
Kreindler in the Media
Kreindler partners are often featured in TV news segments as well as in print and online news articles relating to aviation accidents, including charter and private plane crashes.
Kreindler partners and former military pilots Justin Green and Dan Rose represented the family of one of the pilots of a crash during the production of the Tom Cruise movie, “American Made.” September 2015, following a long day of movie production near Medellin, Colombia, a twin-engine Smith Aerostar 600 chartered by the production company crashed, killing two pilots and badly injuring a third occupant in the plane. The film was based on a true story and chronicled the life of pilot and drug smuggler Barry Seal. Flying was integral to the production of the film, both on-screen and off-screen. The movie featured aircraft such as the Aerostar 600, a Cessna 414 and a military transport aircraft, a Fairchild C-123K Provider. Kreindler attorney Justin Green told reporter Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap regarding the doomed Aerostar flight - “the dangerous flight should have never been permitted to take place. The film’s crew was rushing back to Medellin because they were behind schedule, and as a result, cost two crew members their lives.”
The movie production disregarded very basic safety procedures and did not properly plan or supervise the flight.
While our extensive trial experience helps us evaluate claims and weigh the facts on disputed issues in aviation litigation, our practical and technical experience helps immeasurably with our ability to investigate crash sites, aircraft maintenance records, and “black box” pilot and aircraft performance data.
- UNSURPASSED RECORD OF SUCCESS of any law firm for aviation accident law
- LEADING COUNSEL in nearly every major airline disaster case worldwide
- OBTAINED THE LARGEST RECOVERY for a single disaster in the history of aviation
More Kreindler General Aviation Accident Cases
The combination of partner knowledge and commitment to our clients is demonstrated in a multitude of significant victories including our work on the midair crash that killed Senator John Heinz and a substantial confidential sum award relating to a Mitsubishi MU2 airplane crash.
Also included in our Charter & Corporate airplane exemplar accident case list are:
- Nature Air 9916 (Backroads Travel Company), Costa Rica
- American Made movie, Aerostar 600, Medellin, Colombia
- Beechcraft C35 Bonanza, Client v. FAA/Air Traffic Control, Hicksville, NY
- Piper Navajo Chieftain PA 31-350 Crash, Nassau, Bahamas
- Gulfstream G-IV, Asbell v. SK Travel, LTD, Bedford, MA
- Hawker 800, East Coast Jets Flight 81, Owatonna, MN
- Beechcraft 1900, Air Serv International, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, MA
- Blackhawk International Airways, Cessna 402B, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
- East Coast Aviation Services, British Aerospace Jetstream BAE3101, Wilkes Barre PA
- Colgate Palmolive, Eurocopter MBB-BK117-B2 Crash, New York, NY
- Piper PA-32-300 Crash, Brandywyne, MD
- LearJet 35A Crash, near Aspen, CO
General Aviation Cases Demand Experience
Kreindler was the first law firm to prosecute an aviation plane crash case in 1952 and has become the leading, largest, and most successful aviation accident law firm since that time. For 2021 and beyond, Kreindler continues its legacy as a world leader in the practice of plaintiffs’ aviation accident law.
It is important to understand the legal issues which may affect your rights and recovery in a general aviation case, including the limitations created by the 1994 General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) which may be applicable in charter and corporate airplane crash cases involving aircraft that are more than 18 years old. GARA is not an insurmountable defense, and it is in public interest to hold manufacturers responsible for dangerous products. It is particularly in the public’s interest to bring to light any misrepresentations that a manufacturer made to the FAA.
We wrote the book
Kreindler has literally written the book on aviation accident law. Our partners have authored numerous highly acclaimed books, articles and treatises, including the leading treatise in the aviation litigation field, Aviation Accident Law.
Call on Our Experience
Kreindler is one of the largest and most distinguished aviation accident law firms in the world. Since 1950, our attorneys have served as leading counsel in nearly every major commercial aviation disaster litigation. Our staff of attorneys includes pilots, engineers, and a former aviation maintenance specialist. The firm has successfully handled countless private, charter, military, general aviation, and helicopter accident cases. Our partners have authored numerous highly acclaimed books, articles, and treatises on aviation litigation.