The firm has represented passengers and their families in over 500 aviation accident cases, including more than 325 airline disaster cases. Among the accidents our aviation attorneys have handled are many runway accidents involving major airlines. These are some of the runway accidents our firm has handled:
- Northwest Flight 255 at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan, August 16, 1987
- Northwest Flight 1482 vs. Northwest Flight 299 at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan, December 3, 1990
- USAir Flight 1493 vs. Skywest Metroliner Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport, February 1, 1991
- USAir rough landing on runway, Horseheads, New York. January 18, 1992
- Continental Airlines Flight 588 at Denver Stapleton Airport, Denver, Colorado, April 27,1993
- Beechcraft KingAir A90 v United Express Flight 5925 at Quincy Regional Airport, Quincy, Illinois, November 19, 1996
- American Airlines Flight 1420 at Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 1, 1999
- Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, Burbank, California, March 5, 2000
- SAS (Scandinavian Airline Systems) vs. Cessna Citation, at Malpensa International Airport, Milan, Italy, October 8, 2001
- Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, December 8, 2005
Four of the airline accidents that Baum Hedlund has handled involved Continental Airlines:
1) We first handled the January 19, 1988 Continental Express Flight 2286 crash near Durango, Colorado when we represented the family of one of the seven people killed in that crash. The NTSB determined that this crash was a direct result of the captain’s use of cocaine just before the flight, resulting in his carelessness, reckless behavior and poor decision making as the ultimate cause of this fatal crash.
2) In 1993 our firm represented one of the injured passengers when a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 operated by Continental Airlines Flight 588 experienced an extremely rough landing at Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado on April 27, 1993. As the aircraft approached the runway, it landed on a steep angle then leveled and hit the runway, sliding to a stop on its right belly and right wing.
3) Our firm represented six flight attendants injured on Continental Airlines Flight 75, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft, when it experienced an abrupt pitch-up causing injuries to unsecured passengers and crew. The plane was en-route from Los Angeles, California to Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21, 1998 which the accident occurred. The autopilot malfunctioned during the flight causing the plane to pitch up. The initial pitch-up and the subsequent actions by the pilot to gain control of the aircraft to level the plane caused nine people to be injured, four seriously.
4) We have filed a lawsuit on behalf of two brothers whose mother was killed in the Continental Connection Flight 3407 crash near Buffalo, New York on February 12, 2009. Fifty people died in that accident. We allege in our lawsuit that the flight crew lost control of the aircraft due to, among other things, a combination of airfoil icing, negligent actions of the flight crew and an inadequate, defective, de-icing system and flight control system of the aircraft.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York in Buffalo against Continental Airlines, Inc. (Texas); Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (Tennessee); Colgan Air, Inc. (Virginia); and Bombardier Aerospace Corporation (Texas).
The Continental Airlines flight was actually operated by Colgan Air under the name Continental Connection. Pinnacle owns and operates Colgan Air. Each of those airlines are authorized air transport common carriers and owed a duty to operate the flight and maintain the aircraft with the utmost of care and to the highest degree of safety.
Details of the lawsuit include allegations that the airline negligently, carelessly, and recklessly operated and monitored flight 3407 and flew it into icing conditions, knowing the aircraft was equipped with ineffective de-icing equipment, and had negligently failed to properly train the crew of flight 3407 to operate the aircraft in such circumstances.
Mass disaster lawyers from Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman are very familiar with the aftermath of airline accidents and the litigation that follows after these accidents. The firm has over 20 years of experience investigating these crashes and representing airline accident victims.