International Airline Crash Lawyers
Representation for International Airline Crash Victims
International airline crashes 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.
Of course, there are many complex 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 award-winning 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 nearly 50 years of 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.
For more information, call (855) 948-5098 or contact us online. We can
serve clients nationwide.
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
International airliners can also 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 Makes an International Airplane 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 Los Angeles 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.
We Handle All Matters Involving International Airline Accidents
Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman can assist victims and their families
with any international airline crash matters, including:
What Happens with Other Types of International Air Crashes?
Baum Hedlund 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 proven,
time and again, that no matter the distance, we can effectively investigate
and litigate a complex international air accident.
We have handled international air crashes against:
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 (see below).
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. In January of 2021, the U.S. Justice Department announced that
Boeing had agreed to resolve a criminal charge related to conspiracy to
defraud the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) evaluation
of the 737 MAX aircraft. Baum Hedlund is representing the interests of
several ET302 families in litigation against Boeing.
Lion Air Flight 610 Crash: On October 29, 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operating as Lion Air Flight JT
610 crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. The pilot
told air traffic controllers the plane was experiencing “technical
difficulties” just before the fatal crash. Boeing and the FAA both
issued safety alerts following the Lion Air crash, and the aircraft was
grounded worldwide after the ET302 crash. As it did for the families of
the ET302 crash, Baum Hedlund successfully represented a family who lost
a loved one in the Lion Air crash.
Call (855) 948-5098 or complete our online form to contact our team and
schedule a free consultation.