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EgyptAir Flight 804
On May 19, 2016, an Airbus 330 aircraft operated by EqyptAir as Flight 804 from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International Airport crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All 66 passengers and crew members on board perished. The 56 passengers were from 12 different countries sparking global interest in the crash. Egyptian, Greek, French, British, and U.S. authorities all assisted in the search and recovery efforts.
American Airlines Flight 383
On October 28, 2016, a Boeing 767 aircraft operated by American Airlines as Flight 383 from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Miami International Airport sustained an uncontained engine failure and ensuing fire as the aircraft was just about to take-off. A turbine disk in the GE engine fractured, exiting the engine casing, tearing through the wing, and piercing the fuselage. Wisner Law Firm contends that the disk was subject to fatigue cracking and fracturing under stress due to a defect in manufacturing and design. Wisner Law Firm further contends that American Airlines failed to ensure that its passengers safely and orderly evacuated the aircraft. The result was that passengers inhaled smoke, suffered some physical injuries and were subjected to severe emotional distress. Wisner Law Firm represented over 100 passengers that had similar experiences on British Airways Flight 2276 when the GE engine on that Boeing aircraft had an uncontained engine failure resulting in a fire. Through its investigation into British Airways 2276, American Airlines 383 and other similar occurrences, Wisner Law Firm has learned that the issue is an on-going problem with these engines which has previously been investigated by the NTSB and addressed by the FAA through issuance of an Airworthiness Directive.
On April 13, 2016, the Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander aircraft operated by Sunbird Aviation as a commuter flight from Oksapmin Airport to Kiunga Airport in Papua New Guinea crashed near the runway at Kiunga Airport. The pilot and 11 passengers have died as a result of the crash – 9 on impact and 3 dead upon arrival at Kiunga Hospital.
FlyDubai Flight 981
On March 19, 2016, FlyDubai Flight 981 crashed during an aborted landing at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia resulting in the death of all 62 persons on board (55 passengers and 7 crew members). The Boeing 737-800 being operated as FlyDubai Flight 981 was a scheduled international flight from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don.
Aviastar Flight 7503
On October 2, 2015, the Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft being operated by Airiastar from Andi Jemma Airport in Masamba to Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, Indonesia crashed into the Indonesian mountainside. Eleven minutes after takeoff, the aircraft went missing. The wreckage was found three days later near Masamba and all ten persons on board were confirmed dead. It was the deadliest crash in the airline’s history.
Trigana Air Service Flight 267
On August 16, 2015, the ATR 42-300 aircraft being operated by Trianga Air Service as Flight 267 from Sentani Airport in Jayapura to Oksibil Airport in Oksibil, Indonesia crashed in the jungle of Papua, Indonesia. All 49 passengers and 5 crew members on board perished. It was the deadliest crash involving an ATR 42 aircraft and the deadliest crash in the airline’s history.
Beechcraft Baron in Palos Hills, Illinois, USA
On October 12, 2014, a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed in suburban Palos Hills in an empty lot in a heavily populated area just fifteen feet away from the nearest residence. The aircraft was being flown by a Kansas pilot who was flying with two other pilots as passengers. The aircraft departed from Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois on a flight destined for Lawrence, Kansas. All three persons on board perished.
Paraplegic Passenger Injured on Delta Flight
A paraplegic passenger was injured during disembarkment at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, USA. The passenger needed assistance to get out of his airplane seat and into the aisle wheelchair that is used to get passengers in need of assistance off of the aircraft. While being moved from the aircraft seat to the aisle wheelchair, the passenger was dropped on the armrest of the airplane causing substantial injury.
Passenger Struck with Service Cart on United Flight
An 80-year-old passenger was struck with the service cart during a flight operated by United Airlines from Panama City, Panama to Houston, Texas causing injury to his knee.
British Airways Flight 2276
On September 8, 2014, British Airways Flight 2276 was preparing for take-off from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Take-off was aborted and the crew ordered an emergency evacuation of all 157 passengers and 13 crew members. The evacuation was the result of an uncontained engine failure in the left engine of the Boeing 777. Shrapnel-like debris fractured the fuel and hydraulic lines causing a fire in the main fuselage. Wisner Law Firm has partnered with Stewarts Law to represent the passengers who suffered physical and psychological injuries. Wisner Law Firm filed suit in Cook County against Boeing and General Electric.
Cessna 206 in Coobulture, Australia
On March 22, 2014, a Cessna 206 aircraft being used for commercial parachuting operations crashed in Coobulture, Queensland, Australia. On takeoff from Caboolture Airfield, the pilot’s seat suddenly and unexpectedly slid backward and, with the pilot’s hands on the control column, the aircraft was caused to go into a nose up position and stall and then sharply bank and crash. The pilot, two parachuting instructors and two tandem parachutists on board perished.
AirAsia Flight 8501
On December 28, 2014, the Airbus A320-216 aircraft being operated as by AirAsia as Flight 8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore crashed into the Java Sea killing all 162 persons on board. According to the KNKT, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, the A320 stalled during an unusually steep climb and could not recover. The aircraft climbed at a rate of 6,000 feet per minute and stalled when it aircraft reached 38,000 feet.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
On July 17, 2014, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines as Flight 17 from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was tragically shot down while flying over Donetsk, Ukraine killing all 298 (283 passengers and 15 crew members) persons on board. An explanation as to why the aircraft was flying over the dangerous airspace has not been provided, specifically why the airline decided to take the route over Ukraine which other airlines had purposefully avoided despite its economic advantage. An armed conflict was in progress in Ukraine and lower levels of airspace were restricted for commercial aircraft. While the aircraft was flying over Eastern Ukraine, a missile was filed directly at the aircraft despite the aircraft being above the restricted airspace. Due to the explosion of the missile, the aircraft broke apart and crashed.
Haughey Air Augusta Westland 139 helicopter in Norfolk, England
On March 13, 2014, an Augusta Westland 139 helicopter crashed near Norfolk, England shortly after takeoff. All four persons on board perished.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
On March 8, 2014, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft being operated by Malaysia Airlines as Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China disappeared over the South China Sea. Unfortunately, the story is without an ending. The aircraft wreckage has not been located and without the wreckage, there is no certainty as to what happened to MH370. The family members of the 239 people on board are justifiably frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation conducted by the Joint Investigation Team of interested countries. It is presumed that all on board perished.
Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk in Cheshire, England
On August 16, 2012, a flight instructor and flight student perished when the Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk aircraft crashed in Cheshire, England. While practicing slow speed and stall training exercises and following the procedures in the pilot operating handbook, the aircraft went into an unintentional spin at an altitude from which recovery could not be made. After an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) into numerous stall/spin incidents involving this type of aircraft, an NTSB safety recommendation, and a similar crash in May 2011 involving the same aircraft, a revision to the pilot operating handbook was made to address the stall/spin issue. However, the revision was not published until September 2012.
Aerocon Flight 238
On September 6, 2011, the Swearingen SA-227 Metro III aircraft operated by Aerocon Airlines as Flight 238 from Santa Cruz to Trinidad, Bolivia crashed on approach to Trinidad. There were seven passengers and two crew members on board.
Czech Sport Aircraft AS PiperSport in Spring Hill, Florida, USA
On May 6, 2011, the PiperSport aircraft being flown by a pilot hired to fly the aircraft from Fort Meyers, Florida to Joliet, Illinois crashed in Spring Hill, Florida killing the young pilot. Following an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB), it was determined that the canopy was in the open position at the time of impact. There have been numerous other reports of the canopy of this type of aircraft coming open inadvertently in flight.