Small single engine aircraft accidents occur almost every day somewhere around the world. As each light aircraft incident involves far fewer injuries or fatalities than an airliner accident, they are not as widely reported in the press, meaning there is not the same awareness of the number of accidents and the safety issues that surround them.
Flight in a single engine aircraft carries more risk as the loss of the engine means that the aircraft will have to make a forced landing, most probably when out of gliding range of the runway. If there is an engine failure, or another fault with the aircraft that causes an accident, we may be able to help you make a claim against the manufacturer. Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law has experience in light aircraft product liability cases in the US and around the world.
Light Aircraft Accidents On Holiday
A lot of light aircraft flights (and crashes) occur in the African continent and South America, often carrying tourists on sight-seeing or safari flights. The flights often use old or poorly maintained light aircraft and the crew may not have the experience and training that we would expect here in the UK.
“They kept us well informed and made us feel part of the process. They made me feel like they knew what they were doing. I had complete confidence in them.” Brian, London
These poor flight safety issues are compounded by the fact that there is no flight data recorder and the quality of the accident investigation may be very poor. Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law has significant experience in representing the victims and families involved in light aircraft tourist accidents. By using the in-house aviation expertise in the operation of small piston engine aircraft, the team analyses the accident to independently determine causes, who was to blame and improve flight safety.
The legal case can be particularly challenging as the claim may need to be brought in a developing country and under their laws. The operator’s insurance coverage may also be very limited. Irwin Mitchell will explore all options to ensure that your claim has the best chance of success, including seeking to make your claim in the UK or another more developed country where possible. The Aviation Team has significant experience in acting in light aircraft cases and achieving compensation for the families and victims.
In addition to the above tourist and safari accidents, Irwin Mitchell also has significant experience in representing the victims of light aircraft accidents in the UK and EU.
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