Air disasters, private and commercial aviation accidents, and fatal plane crashes occur across the country in large and small airports, heliports, mountain terrain and recreational areas. We represent the heirs and loved ones of passengers killed in crashes involving commercial airliners, helicopters, air ambulances, medevac transports, commuter airlines and private planes.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our California aviation crash wrongful death specialists include a former Navy pilot who has special aviation skills and decades of experience trying fatal airliner, private plane and helicopter crashes.
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Fatal collisions, whether of small planes, commercial jetliners, commuter planes or helicopters, may occur for many reasons: weather, navigation errors, pilot error, improper maintenance, contaminated fuel, mechanical or product flaws and even air traffic controller negligence.
Regardless of the reason for the disaster, our aviation litigation team has represented survivors in a host of situations.
Our California wrongful death aviation crash lawyers offer our clients a proven track record of success in obtaining compensation for those left behind when an aviation crash takes the life of a loved one. Our wrongful death litigation team has experience in almost every aspect of liability, including defective replacement parts, pilot negligence, air traffic controller error, negligent maintenance, failure to follow safety procedures, and even crashes caused by defective maps, counterfeit replacement parts and fuel contamination.
Our aviation wrongful death litigators have experience working hand in hand with government investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as with local and state investigators. Because government-based investigations can take years, we often commission an independent investigation on behalf of our clients as soon as possible after a crash, and we move swiftly to identify potentially liable parties. If you have lost a loved one in a plane crash or an aviation disaster of any kind, the Walkup wrongful death aviation team, headed by a former military pilot, is ready to help.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one from a severe injury or accident in California, Walkup Melodia can help you. For an immediate consultation with one our attorneys, call us at 415-906-3764 or send us an email.
Examples Of Our Success In Aviation Cases
Private Plane Crash — $3 Million Wrongful Death Settlement
Our team obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of the widow and two surviving children of a 45-year-old missionary who died in a plane crash in Mexico. While the man was traveling on a missionary relief effort, the cam shaft gear broke in the plane that the he was piloting. The Walkup wrongful death litigators successfully brought a wrongful death claim against the manufacturers of the engine, demonstrating that it contained both design and manufacturing flaws.
Commercial Air Crash — $2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement
Our airline wrongful death litigation team obtained a settlement in excess of $2 million on behalf of the grandparents of a 7-year-old child who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 when the plane crashed en route from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to San Francisco. Our wrongful death lawyers, working in conjunction with attorneys for other plaintiffs in the case, proved that Alaska Airlines did not perform required maintenance and overlooked signs of potential problems, thereby assuming responsibility for the deaths.
Air Ambulance Crash — Seven-Figure Confidential Settlement
Our aviation team of wrongful death lawyers concluded a federal court wrongful death case on behalf of the survivors of a 40-year-old mother and her 1-year-old daughter who died 45 minutes after boarding a Cessna King Air ambulance transporting the child to a regional medical center. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all passengers and crew members. Walkup's aviation lawyers argued that the pilot was not properly trained to fly the aircraft because he had only three hours of nighttime training.
Further, they argued that he had selected a dangerous departure route from the rural airport and, as a result, became spatially disoriented and flew the plane into the ground. The defense argued that the pilot was properly trained and the departure route was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Our wrongful death clients included the deceased mother's heirs, including her siblings and mother. The case was concluded by way of a mediated settlement in a confidential seven-figure amount.