Charter Plane Crashes Handled by Baum Hedlund
Aspen Avjet Charter Plane Crash
On March 29, 2001, an Avjet charter plane crash involving a Gulfstream III business jet occurred at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in the Aspen Mountains of Colorado. The charter plane took off late, even though the flight crew was aware that the delay would have them arrive at or near the time that the airport would be closed for landings. Under pressure to get the charter clients to their destination on time, the pilot disregarded the obvious safety risks and attempted to make an illegal landing in the dark despite knowing that several other airplanes had performed missed approaches due to an inability to perform an instrument approach. Unfortunately, the plane missed the runway. The resulting charter plane crash killed all 18 people onboard. The family we represented received a $9.5 million jury award for the tragic death of their daughter *.
Classic Helicopter Corp. Charter Helicopter Crash
On August 2, 2007 during a chartered helicopter flight to visit a logging site in Washington State, failure of the tail blade of a Robinson R44 II helicopter caused the pilot of the aircraft to perform an emergency landing resulting in a low energy impact crash. The post impact fire that ensued killed all four people onboard and ignited a 485 acre forest fire. Our firm sued Robinson Helicopter Company, alleging that a defect in the main rotor drive shaft caused it to fracture and puncture the unreinforced fuel tanks, causing the post-crash fire. Our firm settled this case on the eve of trial for a confidential amount.
Kemper Aviation Charter Plane Crash
On March 13, 2008, three passengers from a local university were on a chartered flight with Kemper Aviation to study migratory birds, when the plane apparently stalled and crashed. According to the NTSB inspection, an inoperative stall warning horn was reported on this plane twice before the crash. The maintenance personnel in charge of the plane claimed that after inspecting the horn after both incidents, it was found to be operative. Upon inspection of the plane by authorities after the crash, it was discovered that the stall warning horn was inoperative at the time of the crash. The pilot was the co-owner of Kemper Aviation incorporated. The charter plane crash killed all three passengers and the pilot. This was the third fatal crash in six months involving Kemper Aviation and all three events involved alleged maintenance negligence.
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If you or a loved one have been harmed by a charter plane crash, you should be confident that the attorney you retain is effective in litigating aviation cases. Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has extensive experience in all types of aviation and charter plane crash litigation, and over the years, we’ve recovered over half a billion for our injured clients.