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Southwest Airlines Fires Captain Over Hard Landing in LaGuardia

By Brian Chase on October 4, 2013 - 1 comment

Southwest Airlines has said that it fired the captain who was at the controls of a plane that landed nose first at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July – an airplane accident that left nine people injured. According to a Bloomberg news report, the action came as the airline completed its investigation of the incident. As part of the decision, Southwest also ordered the first officer to undergo more training. The incident occurred on July 22 when the Southwest jet’s nose gear collapsed as it attempted to land at LaGuardia Airport. …Read the rest »


Owner of Jet that Crashed Killing Singer Jenni Rivera Falsified Flight Logs

By Brian Chase on December 11, 2012 - No comments

Mexican businessman Christian E. Esquino Nunez has been linked to the company whose jet was involved in an aviation accident near Monterrey, Mexico, killing star singer Jenni Rivera and six other people, ABC News reports. Court records show that Nunez had been previously convicted of falsifying aircraft records, counterfeiting government inspection stamps and on drug trafficking charges. The report states that Nunez also owes millions in state and federal taxes.

The Associated Press reports that the Learjet 25 Rivera was traveling in crashed and disintegrated on impact on December 9, 2012, in rugged terrain in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. Mexican aviation officials say it would take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report about what happened to the aircraft. The United States is also sending investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the cause of the crash.

My heartfelt condolences go out to everyone who knew and loved Jenni Rivera. I sincerely hope investigators are able to find answers to the several unanswered questions that remain at this point.

Ongoing Investigation

Mexican officials identified the aircraft as belonging to Starwood Management, a Nevada-based company. In 2005, a federal grand jury convicted Nunez and his partner of creating false and fictitious logbooks for six aircraft that Nunez bought from the Mexican government and sold to buyers in the United States. Court records show that Nunez obtained information including aircraft tail numbers, airport codes, pilot licenses and counterfeit inspection stamps with the intention of forging the logbooks. Nunez was deported to Mexico after pleading guilty to the charges and serving time in prison.

Potential Causes and Liability Issues

Aviation crashes often end in fatalities. If negligence or wrongdoing was a factor in an aviation accident, families of deceased victims can file wrongful death claims seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, and the loss of love and companionship.

There are several questions that must be answered in such cases. What caused the crash? Who owned the aircraft? Was the aircraft properly maintained? Was the crash caused by some type of defective product or malfunction? Was the pilot’s error or negligence a factor? These and many other questions must be answered in order to determine precisely what occurred and why. Aviation accident investigations typically take several months. It is important that victims’ families retain the services of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in order to protect their rights and best interests.



Airline Negligence Leads to Children Arriving at Wrong Destinations

By Brian Chase on June 17, 2009 - No comments

Airline negligence attorneys were astounded to learn that two young children traveling on their own was mistakenly put onto wrong Continental Express flights over the last weekend. According to an Associated Press news report, an 8-year-old College Station girl erroneously ended up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a 10-year-old Massachusetts girl was mistakenly sent to Newark, New Jersey after boarding planes operated by ExpressJet, which is under contract with Continental Express Airlines. After the airline accident Continental apologized to the children’s families in a short statement that said the mix-up was simply “a miscommunication among staff.”

What did the girls’ families have to say? Wendy Babineaux, one of the moms, was livid, justifiably so. Her daughter, who was involved in this airline negligence case, was on a Continental Airline flight headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to see her dad. She was sent to Arkansas, back to Houston, then to Charlotte. Jonathan Kamens, the father of 10-year-old Miriam said he put his daughter on a Cleveland-bound flight in Boston to visit her grandparents. The girl ended up in New Jersey. …Read the rest »


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