Deaths Of Three Brits Who Died In Afghan Plane Crash “Could Have Been Avoided”

Specialist Aviation Lawyers Say Families Want To Know Cause of Crash Which Killed Their Loved Ones And 41 others Onboard


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Lawyers representing the families of three British passengers who died when a plane crashed into a mountain in Afghanistan say their fight for answers will continue after an inquest heard that crucial eye-witness evidence into the cause of the incident has yet to be released.
The domestic Pamir Airways Flight 112 was travelling from Kunduz to Kabul when it crashed into a mountain just 12 miles from its destination on 17 May 2010 killing all 44 passengers on board.
An inquest was held at Bradford Crown Court today (22 June 2015) into the deaths of David Taylor, 28, from Stoke on Trent, Daniel Saville, 40, from Clapham, London, and father of three Chris Carter, 51, from Caerphilly, Wales.
Specialist aviation lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are representing their families as well as working with the representatives of 24 Afghan victims and one US family. The cases are currently being litigated in the US state of Illinois against Midwest ATC, the US company providing the air traffic control service at the time of the crash, and Honeywell, the manufacturer of the aircraft’s ground proximity warning system.
At the Inquest, expert aviation lawyer Jim Morris from Irwin Mitchell asked the coroner to adjourn the hearing so that emerging evidence could be considered. The evidence is an eye-witness account from the air traffic controller communicating with the aircraft at the time but its contents cannot yet been revealed.
After turning down the postponement and hearing other evidence, the coroner concluded that the deaths were accidental but he said in his summing up that a misunderstanding between air traffic control and the crew on-board was also a cause of the accident.
Jim Morris, a Partner in the Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law team and a former RAF pilot, said:

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“The families were devastated at losing their loved ones over 5 years ago and we have been fighting for answers and justice for them ever since.

“The primary evidence at the inquest was an accident report published by the Afghan Government, which received significant assistance from the US Civil Aviation Assistance Team for the accident investigation.

“Unfortunately, it is our view that the accident report does not sufficiently analyse the full chain of events and may reach a flawed conclusion as to the probable cause, namely that it was the failure of the captain to maintain adequate clearance from terrain.

“Following our extensive investigations into the accident, we believe that confused communications between the Captain of the aircraft and Air Traffic Control played a major part in causing this tragedy, leading to a descent being initiated too early which put the aircraft on a collision course with the mountain.

“The families are now hoping that the emerging evidence will help shed further light on the chain of events that caused the loss of their loved ones and we will continue to fight for justice on their behalf.”
Jim Morris, Partner

 Kim Taylor, who lost her son David in the tragedy said: “We are angry that the coroner would not adjourn the inquest for the evidence of the Air Traffic Controller. We cannot fully come to terms with losing David.”
Daniel Saville's partner Chioma Ibe, said: “We are disappointed that five years on we have no closure, no answers and no apology. I feel let down by the coroner who did not assist in including important evidence.”

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