International Airline Crash

international aviation accident

Lawyers Providing Representation to International Airline Crash Victims

Airline crashes arising in an international context include those accidents that physically occur outside the borders of the U.S. as well as those flights that are bound for the U.S. or returning from an international destination to the U.S. There are many complex rules of law and limitations in bringing lawsuits that require the skill and representation of an experienced aviation attorney.

If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in an international airline crash, our attorneys from Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman can assist you in pursuing your claim.

Dealing with the aftermath of an international airline crash can be daunting. The laws of foreign countries can displace the liability of negligent airlines, if the airline is not a signatory to the Montreal Agreement, or limit the amount of compensation that a victim or their family is able to receive. That is why it is so important to have a legal team that is experienced with navigating the difficult process of litigation that arises from an international airline crash. Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with international aviation cases and the relevant state, federal and international laws that apply to them. We have proven successful in pursuing claims in the complex area of international aviation law.*

What Causes an International Airline Crash?

While domestic airline crashes in the United States have dropped significantly in the last few decades, much of that improvement can be attributed to increased safety standards and vigilance by airline personnel and passengers, and aircraft designed to be safer. Of course, not all countries have these same safety standards and precautions in place. Many airlines based outside the United States have different requirements for pilot training, safety and maintenance checks. For instance, they don’t necessarily demand that at least two members of the flight crew remain in the cockpit at all times.

International airliners can have different pilot qualifications or training standards. Corporate culture can create different pressures on the flight crew, and that culture can be different from one country to the next. Due to the multiple factors that contribute to an international airline crash, a thorough investigation must be done to discover the true cause or causes of the disaster. It is necessary to analyze all aspects of an international airline crash from the design of the aircraft to the training of the flight crew to find the negligent parties responsible for the accident.

What Happens With Other Types of International Air Crashes?

Our firm has handled many types of international cases, from military helicopter operations that crash overseas, to foreign sightseeing air tours that crashed and injured or killed passengers. We’ve even handled cases involving negligent aircraft and parts manufacturers in the U.S. that have sold defectively designed aircraft to international customers.

We have handled international air crashes against Airbus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Aero Mexico, Asiana Airlines, British European Airways, Boeing, Bombardier, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, Germanwings, Honeywell, Korean Air, McDonnell Douglas, Pacific Southwest Airlines, Raytheon, Singapore Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airline Systems, Southwest Airlines, SwissAir, TACA Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, US Airways, among others.

We have proven, time and again, that no matter the distance, we can effectively investigate and litigate an international air accident*.

Contact us to speak with an experienced personal aviation and international airline crash attorney as soon as possible, to protect your claims and pursue full compensation for your losses.

We Handle All Matters Involving International Airline Accidents

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is based in Los, Angeles, California and can assist victims and their families with any international airline crash matters, including:

Our international airline crash attorneys are experienced in identifying the responsible parties and pursuing full compensation for every victim and their family.

How is an International Airline Crash Different?

It is important to know that there may be very specific laws involved when dealing with an international airline accident that do not necessarily apply when dealing with U.S. airline accidents. An international treaty, known as the Montreal Convention, controls the legal rights of international travelers to sue the airlines for injuries suffered on an airliner. The Montreal Convention limits, although less than its predecessor (the Warsaw Convention), the types of recovery and where a victim or family can bring a claim.

Our attorneys know that where certain claims cannot be brought against the airliner, those claims may still be brought against negligent manufacturers, outsourced maintenance contractors or other liable third parties. We know how to investigate an international airline crash to successfully recover from every responsible party and how to characterize the injuries to maximize the recovery.*

Learn more about your rights as a passenger in an international airline crash by reading an article we wrote on the subject, entitled American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes.

Examples of Our International Airline Crash Cases

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash: On March 10, 2019, minutes after it took off from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating as Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed, killing every person on the plane. The 157 victims included citizens of the United States, Britain, Canada, Ethiopia and many other countries. This crash was the second involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months, following the Lion Air crash in October 2018. After the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, international regulators around the world grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with investigators finding that the crash was linked to the plane’s automatic flight control system. Baum Hedlund has been retained to represent victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 CrashOn March 24, 2015, an Airbus A320 operating as Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, drastically dived from 37,000 feet and crashed 62 miles northwest of Nice, in the French Alps. There were no survivors. The flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf was filled with 144 passengers and six crew members. An investigation into the Germanwings international airline crash revealed that the plane was deliberately brought down by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who was previously being treated for suicidal tendencies and declared “unfit to work” by a physician. During the flight, Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit before initiating a steep descent that ended with the airliner crashing into a mountain.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Runway CrashOn July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (OZ214) crashed during a botched landing attempt at San Francisco International Airport, killing three people and injuring 181 others. The NTSB later concluded that the flight crew’s mismanagement of the descent was the probable cause of the crash. The report cited issues with the pilots training, along with the Boeing 777 throttle control system and manual, as contributing factors. Baum Hedlund was retained to represent 17 passengers who were injured in the international airline crash.

American Airlines Flight 965 Crash: On December 20, 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 crashed into a mountain near Buga, Colombia. The plane crash took the lives of 159 people. The crash was determined to have been caused by a series of navigational, equipment use, and communication errors that sent the Boeing 757 off-course and straight into a mountain. Our firm handled the wrongful death cases for seven of the passengers who lost their lives in the tragic crash.

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