Helicopter Accidents | Aircraft Incidents | Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law has represented the victims and families involved in helicopter accidents that have occurred in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Nigeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

With Irwin Mitchell’s expertise and experience with helicopter accidents, the aviation team is able to independently analyse these accidents to find credible theories on the cause of the accident and who any claim should be made against, whether that be the operator, maintenance company or manufacturer.

We have decades of professional aviation claims experience, both military and civilian. This experience means we have access to leading military and civilian helicopter pilots and engineers who can provide independent expert reports on the cause of the accident that can also be given as evidence in court.

Our Expertise In Helicopter Accident Claims

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Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may have the option to make a claim against the operator, manufacturer and/or a sub-component manufacturer.  This may mean that you could claim compensation in various countries (for example, the country of the accident, the home nation of the operator, the home nation of the manufacturer). We will advise you on the best option for your specific claim. We have helped many clients to claim compensation when the accident was caused by a fault with the helicopter and again we will advise you if this is possible in your case.

As most helicopters do not have flight data recorders, it can sometimes be difficult for the investigators to find the exact cause of the accident. However, even in these cases we have used our expertise to establish the true cause of the air crash.  An example of this is a Schweizer helicopter accident in the UK where the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) was unable to identify the exact cause of the fatal crash.  At the inquest, Jim Morris from our Aviation Team used his trial and aviation experience to persuade the jury that the cause of the helicopter accident was loss of useful engine power, not pilot error.

This inquest is also an example of how the involvement of Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law can assist in improving helicopter flight safety.  At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner made recommendations to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) that they require Schweizer Aircraft Corporation to make amendments to the Schweizer Flight Manual.

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