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Mithoff Law has represented victims of aviation-related crashes, including both general and commercial aviation incidents. We have extensive experience in investigating and pursuing claims relating to crashes of or incidents involving fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, piston-engined, turboprop and jet or turbofan aircraft. We have pursued claims involving crashes overseas, and have experience making claims pursuant to the Montreal Convention and Death on the High Seas Act. The aviation claims that we have pursued are varied, involving issues of pilot error, design or manufacturing defect (including airframe, powerplant and avionics), and air traffic control or other factors.
In aviation cases, we work closely with a team of subject matter experts to investigate and pursue claims. With and through our experts, we review governmental or regulatory (such as NTSB) investigations, and conduct our own detailed investigation into the contributing causes underlying an aviation incident. We have, with our experts, conducted thorough analyses of contributing causes, including testing or analysis involving radar reconstruction, detailed materials analysis (including metallurgical testing or industrial CT scanning), meteorological conditions, and aviation human factors analysis..
Recent examples of the type of work Mithoff Law does:
Mithoff Law represents the wrongful death beneficiaries of a helicopter pilot killed by the crash of a helicopter equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250-C30P turbine engine. Plaintiffs allege that defendants that performed maintenance on the helicopter did so negligently, causing the crash. In addition, Plaintiffs allege that the Rolls-Royce turbine engine was defectively designed and manufactured, and that Rolls-Royce failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings with respect to maintenance of the engine. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander, and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represents the wrongful death beneficiaries of an electrical lineman who was electrocuted and killed while working from a helicopter that lowered the worker onto an electrical tower, when the worker came into contact with an energized wire. Plaintiffs have asserted negligence and gross negligence claims against the operator of the helicopter, Source Helicopters, and negligence claims against the owner and/or operator of the electrical transmission tower and lines, Entergy. The suit is presently pending in federal district court in the Eastern District of Texas. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, Joseph R. Alexander, Jr. and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the family of a pilot who was killed when his single-engine Pilatus PC-12/NG turboprop aircraft crashed during final approach. Plaintiffs alleged that the aircraft manufacturer and avionics manufacturer defectively designed the aircraft and its avionics, thereby causing the crash. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander, and Warner Hocker represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the surviving family members of two passengers aboard Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 aircraft that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all aboard. Plaintiffs asserted negligence claims against Air
France, and claims for damages pursuant to the Montreal Convention. Plaintiffs also asserted negligence and design defect claims against Airbus and various avionics manufacturers. The lawsuit was resolved prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Joe Alexander represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the wrongful death beneficiaries of an offshore rig worker who was killed when a Sikorsky helicopter transporting him to an offshore rig crashed offshore in
Louisiana. Plaintiffs asserted negligence claims against the owner and operator of the helicopter, PHI, and design defect claims against the manufacturer of the helicopter, Sikorsky. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Joe Alexander represented the Plaintiffs.
Representative Cases in the News
- Harris v Societe Air France
The families of two Americans killed in the crash of an Air France flight off the coast of South America in June filed a lawsuit, claiming the airline and the plane's various manufacturers knew the aircraft had defective parts that could have caused the accident.
- Mauricio v Silorsky Helicopters
The latest lawsuit filed after a January oilfield helicopter crash in a Terrebonne marsh killed eight people alleges that a replacement windshield and the negligence of the aircraft's owner and manufacturer are to blame.
- Taylor v Parker Hannefin
Vacuum pumps, which power cockpit instruments on small airplanes, have contributed to at least 82 deaths in 36 crashes since 1980, including a 1998 crash in New Orleans that killed three Denton /County resients, safety reports indicate.