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Airline Accident Lawyers

What causes airline accidents?

Lighting strikes
Lightning Strikes

Heavy winds, torrential rains, icy precipitation, and snow storms can all create dangerous conditions for aircraft and can result in catastrophic airline accidents. Particularly during take-off and landing, bad weather can cause bumpy, unstable, or overly slick conditions on the runway, which can impede maneuverability. Heavy weather on the ground can reduce visibility or even cause pilot blackouts, which can of course lead to accidents. Ice and snow accumulating on the wings of an aircraft can change airflow patterns and also reduce maneuverability.

Commercial Airline Crash Attorneys

While most aircraft today are designed to fly with one or even several engines impaired or unresponsive, catastrophic failure of multiple engines (due, for instance, to fuel leakage) can create extremely hazardous conditions. True, well-trained pilots can often glide such planes to a relatively safe landing, provided there is some sort of crash site within reach. However, more often than not, passengers and crew do end up injured.

Failure of Aircraft Engines

Other potential contributors to airline crashes in all cities around the world include onboard fires, stalling, failure of parts due to poor maintenance, craft damage sustained on the ground, pilot error, error on the part of air-traffic controllers, and even bird strikes.

To press a liability claim for an airplane accident, look to Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. Our legal team boasts unparalleled experience with aviation disaster cases, and we've won multimillion dollar settlements for our claimants in many complex cases. For instance, we represented victims of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed near the California coastline, and we won an enormous confidential settlement in that matter. In another personal injury case -- Anderson versus GM -- we got a $4.9 million jury verdict for a family that had been harmed by a poorly engineered fuel system.

Find out what the experienced airline accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP can do for you by dialing us at 1-877-800-1700.

Airline Accidents In The News

All survive plane crash in NYC's Hudson River

NEW YORK - A US Airways jetliner crashed into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a flock of birds apparently disabled both its engines, but rescuers pulled the more than 150 passengers and crew members into boats before the plane sank, authorities say.

US Airways Plane Goes Down in NYC's Hudson; All Safe

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) - A US Airways Group Inc. jetliner bound from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, went down in the Hudson River today less than three minutes after takeoff. All 148 passengers and five crew members were safe, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Fiery plane crash in upstate NY kills 50

CLARENCE, N.Y. - A commuter plane dropped out of the sky without warning and nose-dived into a suburban Buffalo house in a fiery crash that killed all 49 people aboard and one person in the home. It was the nation's first deadly crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years.

50 killed as plane slams into home near Buffalo

CLARENCE, N.Y. - Investigators recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the wreckage of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on Friday as they sought to determine why the commuter plane plunged out of the night sky and nose-dive into a suburban Buffalo house.


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