International Airline Crash

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 all times.

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:

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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 successfully represented 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 of a passenger who died in the Lion Air crash.

For immediate assistance, or to schedule an initial consultation or case evaluation with an experienced aviation lawyer, please contact us online or call (855) 948-5098.

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