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Aviation Accident Trial Lawyers Canada

Advances in aviation technology have no doubt improved airplanes, flight equipment design and aircraft operations – and – despite recent disasters involving passenger jets, such as Malaysia Airlines flights 370, Malaysia  Airines 17, AirAsia Flight 8501 and Germanwings Flight 9525, air travel is still one of the safest modes of transport.  Statistically, passengers boarding a plane have a 99.99 per cent chance of surviving the flight. However, accidents still happen, the majority caused by pilot error, mechanical failure, and weather related issues.

Our Hamilton lawyers represent aviation accident victims, including pilots, passengers and staff, in Canada and abroad. If you have been catastrophically injured, suffered serious physical injuries, in-flight bodily injury or you have lost a loved one in an aviation accident we can help. We represent accident victims critically hurt in actions involving the Military, the National Department of Defence, Commercial Airlines, Small Planes Owners, accidents occurring in Hot Air Balloons, Private Planes and Helicopters.

Domestic Aviation Accidents – Serious Injuries and Fatalities in Canada

Our Hamilton Lawyers represent serious injury and wrongful death claims against domestic carriers and accident that happen within Canadian airspace. The National Observer recently reported that in all, there were there were 232 aviation accidents inside or outside Canada involving Canadian-registered aircraft in 2017, according to TSB’s annual statistics.  Further, there were 921 reported “incidents,” which the safety board defines as anything from engine failure to system malfunctions, onboard fires, crew member incapacity, depressurization, fuel shortages and the like. It has also been reported that approximately 75 to 98 percent of aviation accidents can be attributed to human error, depending on the aviation sector.  For example, smaller planes and helicopters, as well as non-commercial aircraft are on the higher end of the spectrum for pilot error.

Other causes of plane crashes within Canada have been reported to be mechanical failure, overload, poor maintenance, negligent airline instruction and operation, and faulty equipment, violation of Transport Canada regulations, improper de-icing ect.   We can assist with domestic claims involving:

  • Military Flights and Aircraft
  • Commercial airliners
  • Helicopters
  • Private Planes
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Willful misconduct
  • Airline negligence – local and national

Commercial Airliners, International Aviation Accidents and Major Aviation Disasters

We also represent Canadians who have been seriously hurt or who have lost their lives in major aviation disasters outside of Canada. Accidents rarely happen, but when they do, the consequences are often terribly catastrophic.  Our Hamilton trial lawyers have the experience and ability to represent aviation accident victims and passengers no matter where the accident occurred.

We can assist with all types of aviation accident litigation, including claims involving international carriage under the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions, mid-air collisions, cases involving the negligence of airline management, co-pilot, pilots, aviation crew, aviation maintenance workers, air traffic control as well as the failures of complex aircraft components.

We can assist with international aviation disasters involving:

  • Commercial Airliners and Airplane Crashes
  • Private Charter Companies
  • Charter Companies
  • Helicopter Tour Operators
  • Helicopter Companies
  • Heliski Companies
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Engine Manufacturers
  • Private Planes
  • Military Aircraft and Department of Defence Aircraft

What is the Montreal Convention?

The Montreal Convention was adopted in 1999, ratified by Canada in 2002, and became part of federal law through its incorporation as Schedule VI to the Carriage by Air Act, RSC 1985, c C-26.

The Montreal Convention applies to most international carriage by air of persons, baggage or cargo.

The Montreal provides exclusive recourse against airlines for claims arising in the course of international carriage by air. It is treaty concerning the victims of international aviation disasters. Under the terms of this treaty, airlines could be held responsible for anyone who is injured because of an unexpected occurrence during the course of an international flight.  It is important to know and understand that  passengers on international flights subject to the Montreal Convention cannot claim damages against an airline for moral or psychological injury that are not rooted in physical injury or bodily harm, nor the treaty permit an award of damages for breach of language rights during international carriage by air.  Punitive, exemplary or any other non-compensatory damages shall not be recoverable under the treaty.

Recent Helicopter and Airline Disasters – both Domestic and International

In December of 2017 a Hydro One helicopter near Tweed Ontario crashed while working on power lines. The cause of the helicopter accident was stated to be an improperly secured bag on the outside of the helicopter that came loose and striking the tail rotor of the helicopter.

In Fond-du-Law Sasketchewan an airplane belonging to West Wind Aviation crashed shortly after take-off. Out of the 25 passengers, many were hurt and 1 person died.

In September 2017 a Helicopter belonging to Herlihy Helicopters Inc. crashed outside of New Jersey, killing country start Troy Gentry.

In May of 2017, a Learjet belonging to A&C Big Sky Aviation crashed while approaching Teteboro Airport. The plane crashed short of the runway, killing two aboard.

On 13 February 2017, a Tecnam P2006T twin engine aircraft lsot control and collided with terrain 32 nautical miles northwest of Calgary/Springbank Airport. Twas a post-impact fire and the aircraft was destroyed. Both occupants were fatally injured.

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777-200ER, flying to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people on board, was shot down in an area of Eastern Ukraine near the Ukraine/Russian border during an armed conflict between Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists. There were 283 passengers, including 3 infants, and 15 crew members on board MH17. No one survived.

On October 31, 2015, Metrojet Flight 9268, an Airbus A321-231, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula after departing from Egypt All 217 passengers and 7 crewmembers were killed. The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for bringing down the jet, and a Russian investigation concluded that a bomb was detonated inside the plane at a high altitude.

In March of 2015 a Germanwings airbus A320 crashed 100km North of Nice in the French Alps, killing all 144 passengrs and six crew members. The reported reasons were horrifying – Andreas Lubitz, who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies and declared “unfit to work” by his doctor, locked out the crew and descended the plane into a mountain.

In August of 2011, Air Flight 6560 lammed into a hillside in the Canadian High Arctic, killing 12 of the 15 people aboard. Major pilot error was to blame, including starting a decent too late, pilot miscommunication as well as a captain that accidentally turned off the auto-pilot.

Contact an Aviation Lawyer in Canada

Major airlines and aviation manufacturers pressure survivors to swiftly settle claims, away from the public eye. We know that public safety and our clients’ rights are better served by preparing every case for trial.  If you or a loved one has been critically hurt, suffered catastrophic injuries or killed in an aviation crash or aviation disaster, please call us at (905) 333-8888 or fill in a contact form. We will get back to you within 24 hours