On 22 September 2009 a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter took off from Blackpool Airport on a training flight. The US-manufactured helicopter carrying the instructor and student was seen performing manoeuvres before a distress call was received at 12:10pm. The helicopter was then seen flying very low over the Poulton-le-Fylde area before it crashed in Barnaby Sands nature reserve, killing an instructor and a student. Our Aviation team represents the families of the instructor and student. The AAIB has published an accident report in which they were unable to identify the exact cause of the fatal crash. The Irwin Mitchell aviation team acted as counsel for the families at the inquest; and the jury decided a verdict that the cause of the accident was loss of engine power, not pilot error. This inquest is also an example of how the involvement of our Aviation team 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. The case is now filed in Philadelphia, USA, against the aircraft and engine manufacturers. After 18 months of legal arguments, the Irwin Mitchell team defeated the defendants’ motion to have the case sent back to England. The defendants now face an American jury trial. If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, please contact a member of the aviation team on 0800 056 4110. The team will be able to advise you on the accident, the relevant law and the parties who may be liable. Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law Case Experience Call us for a free initial consultation 0800 056 4110 Or we can call you back at a time of your choice Request a call back Phone lines open 24/7, 365 days a year Contact us today For a free initial consultation Freephone 0800 056 4110 Prefer not to call? Use our form Your name* Your email* Your phone number* How can we help?* Enquiry type Court Of Protection Crime & Investigations Divorce & Family Law Solicitors Employment Law Conveyancing & Property Solicitors Medical Negligence Claims Personal Injury Claims Protecting Your Rights Wills, Trusts & Estates Solicitors This data will only be used by Irwin Mitchell for processing your query and for no other purpose. Your Questions Answered When Can I Make A Claim? How Much Compensation Will I Be Awarded? How Will My Claim Be Progressed? How Much Will It Cost To Claim? How Often Do You Work With Referring Law Firms? Can You Take Over From My Current Lawyers?