Attorneys Handling American Airlines Crashes

American Airlines Crashes

The aviation attorneys at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman have extensive experience litigating commercial airline accident lawsuits and have successfully represented victims and their families in claims against every major US airline involved in a plane crash since 1985, including numerous lawsuits against American Airlines. Our firm has the skills and resources to conduct in-depth investigations into plane crashes and determine liability, helping our clients obtain justice and recover damages.

A Snapshot of American Airlines, Inc.

Founded in 1930 as American Airways, Inc., American Airlines is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas and is owned by AMR Corporation. It has major hubs in Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington, and New York. When considering fleet size, revenue, scheduled passengers carried and destinations served, American Airlines is the world’s largest airline.

American Airlines offers flight destinations in North America, Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe. It has alliances with the following international airlines: British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, EL AL, Ethiad Airways, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, LAN, Malév, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordan. American Airlines is part of the Oneworld alliance.

American Airlines Regional Carriers

American Eagle is a group of 7 regional airlines that operate under a codeshare and service agreement with American Airlines. This includes three American Airlines Group subsidiaries and four contracted carriers. Through these agreements, the airlines operate 3,400 flights every day to 240 locations through the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Between American Airlines and its regional affiliate American Eagle, the airline operates more than 6,700 daily flights to 350 cities in more than 50 countries.

The three American Airlines Group subsidiaries:

  • Envoy Air Inc: Operates 180 aircraft on 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations
  • Piedmont Airlines Inc: Operates daily regional flights throughout the eastern US from Charlotte and Philadelphia
  • PSA Airlines Inc: Operates approximately 150 aircraft on 700 flights to 90 destinations in the US.

The 4 contracted carriers:

  • Compass
  • Mesa
  • Republic
  • SkyWest

American Airlines Fleet

American Airlines operates a fleet that includes a mix of Airbus, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft:

  • Airbus A319-100 – 130 in service
  • Airbus A320-200 – 48 in service
  • Airbus A321-200 – 219 in service
  • Airbus A321neo – 2 in service
  • Airbus A330-200 – 15 in service
  • Airbus A300-300 – 9 in service
  • Boeing 737-800 – 304 in service
  • Boeing 737 MAX 8 – 24 (grounded until further notice)
  • Boeing 757-200 – 34 in service
  • Boeing 757-200 – 34 in service
  • Boeing 767-300ER – 22 in service
  • Boeing 777-200ER – 47 in service
  • Boeing 777-300ER – 20 in service
  • Boeing 787-8 – 20 in service
  • Boeing 787-9 – 22 in service
  • Embraer 190 – 20 in service (to be phased out by the end of 2020)
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-82 – 1 in service
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-83 – 27 in service

American Airlines Accident and Incident History

The following is a summary of the major accidents and incidents of American Airlines, including those involving American Eagle:

American Airlines, Flight 383, Chicago, October 28, 2016: 21 people suffered injuries when the Boeing 767-300ER’s right engine failed and caught fire during takeoff.

American Airlines, Flight 331, Kingston, Jamaica, December 22, 2009: More than 80 people were injured when a Boeing 737-800 overran the runway in rain during landing.

American Eagle, Flight 5401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2004: 17 people were injured when the aircraft crashed during landing.

American Airlines, Flight 587, Belle Harbor, NY, November 12, 2001: An Airbus A300 crashed after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on the plane and 5 people on the ground. Officials blamed separation of the vertical stabilizer due to rudder overuse.

American Airlines, Flight 77, Washington, DC, September 11, 2001: All 64 people on the plane and an additional 125 on the ground died when hijackers took over the plane and flew it into the Pentagon.

American Airlines, Flight 11, into the World Trade Center, NY, September 11, 2001: All 92 people on the aircraft and 2606 people in the World Trade Center and the surrounding area died when this plane and United Flight 175 were hijacked and flown into the towers.

American Airlines, Flight 1420, Little Rock, AR, June 1, 1999: 11 people died when the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 overran the runway during landing at Little Rock.

American Airlines, Flight 1340, Chicago, IL, February 9, 1998: A Boeing 757 hit the ground short of the runway at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

American Airlines, Flight 965, near Cali, Colombia, December 20, 1995: A Boeing 757 crashed into a mountain while approaching the airport in Colombia, killing 159 people. 4 people survived.

American Eagle, Flight 4184, Roselawn, IN, October 31, 1994: All 68 people on the plane died when the aircraft flew into severe icing conditions and crashed into a field.

American Eagle, Flight 3379, Morrisville, NC, December 13, 1994: 15 people died when the aircraft missed an approach to the airport, crashing approximately 5 miles short of the runway.

American Airlines, Flight 102, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, April 14, 1993: Two passengers suffered serious injury and the remaining 200 people on board evacuated the plane after it slid off the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

American Airlines, Flight 70, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, May 21, 1988: Two crew members were seriously injured while everyone else on board escaped when the aircraft overran the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport during a rejected take-off.

American Eagle, Flight 3378, Cary, NC, February 19, 1988: The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 12 people on board.

American Airlines, Flight 191, Chicago, IL, May 25, 1979: In the deadliest accident on US soil, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashed at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago during take-off. As the plane attempted take-off, the left engine separated from the wing, causing the aircraft to roll and crash. All 271 people on the plane died, as did two on the ground.

American Airlines, Flight 625, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, April 27, 1976: A Boeing 727 crashed while approaching St. Thomas, killing 37 of the 88 people on board. Officials cited pilot error, which resulted in the plane overrunning a short runway.

American Airlines, Flight 383, Covington, KY, November 8, 1965: A Boeing 727 crashed on approach to the Cincinnati airport, killing 58 people and leaving four survivors.

American Airlines, Flight 1, Jamaica, NY, March 1, 1962: A Boeing 707 crashed after takeoff from Idlewild airport killing all 95 people on board. Officials blamed a maintenance error that caused a rudder failure.

American Airlines, Flight 320, Flushing, NY, February 3, 1959: 65 of 73 people on board the aircraft died when the plane crashed into the East River while approaching LaGuardia Airport.

American Airlines, Flight 476, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, August 4, 1955: All 30 people on board died when the plane crashed during an emergency landing. The No. 2 engine caught fire and the right wing failed, causing the crash. Officials blamed an unairworthy cylinder that had been installed in the engine.

American Airlines, Flight 711, Springfield, MS, March 20, 1955: 13 people died when the aircraft crashed only a quarter mile from its destination. Officials blamed the crash on spatial disorientation and inattention to instruments.

American Airlines, Flight 723, Albany, NY, September 16, 1953; 28 people on the plane died when the aircraft flew into a series of radio towers in the fog while approaching a landing.

American Airlines, Flight 6780, Elizabeth, NJ, January 22, 1952: 23 people on board and 7 people on the ground died when the plane crashed on landing approach. Officials did not identify what caused the crash.

American Airlines Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum Hedlund

An AV* rated law firm, Baum Hedlund has handled some of the worst American Airlines accidents, including:

American Airlines, Flight 331, Kingston, Jamaica, December 22, 2009 (5 passengers represented)

American Airlines, Flight 587, Belle Harbor, NY, November 12, 2001 (11 passengers represented)

American Airlines, Flight 77, Washington, DC, September 11, 2001 (17 passengers represented)

American Airlines, Flight 11, Manhattan, NY, into the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001 (18 passengers represented)

American Airlines, Flight 1420, Little Rock, AR, June 1, 1999 (25 passengers represented)

American Airlines, Flight 965, near Cali, Colombia, December 20, 1995 (5 passengers represented)

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