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Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Aviation accident law covers both major air carriers (commercial airlines) and general aviation accidents. General aviation includes charter flights, small planes, pleasure crafts, large business jets, helicopters, and hang gliders. It is a combination of personal injury and wrongful death litigation that involves complex aviation laws, regulations, and international treaties. It is so intricate that only a select group of lawyers practice aviation law.  In...
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Gulfstream Plane that Kills Nine in Dominican Republic Similar to Plane that Killed Three Near Chicago

The tragic crash of a Gulfstream IV-SP that killed all nine aboard on December 15, 2021, at Santo Domingo’s airport is the same type of aircraft that was involved in a crash at Chicago’s Palwaukee Airport that killed all three on board in 1996. Clifford Law Offices represented two of the three in that crash: the co-pilot of the corporate jet and a passenger. Robert...
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John V. Kalantzis Talks Aviation Law, Grief, and the Mission to Give Victims a Voice

  [caption id="attachment_35082" align="alignright" width="225"] John V. Kalantzis[/caption] John V. Kalantzis learned early on the value of helping others through tough situations. The son of Greek immigrants, he grew up watching the frustrations and confusion his parents faced on a day-to-day basis as they tried to navigate their newfound culture and society. Their struggles became one of the chief motivators behind John eventually pursuing a...
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Terminate Boeing’s Ability to Certify Aircraft: Victims’ Families Ask of DOT

On October 19, 2021, families and friends who lost loved ones in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in 2019 are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to terminate the aircraft maker’s ability to certify its own airplanes, a provision allowed in a program called the Organization Designation Authority (ODA) that allows third parties to perform functions of the Federal Aviation Authority...
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Victims’ Families in Second Boeing 737 MAX Crash React to Indictment of Former Boeing Safety Executive – Saying Blame Goes Beyond One Person

Families who lost loved ones in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in 2019 killing all 157 on board had harsh words for the corporate giant, saying the U.S. government didn’t go far enough in the indictment of Mark Forkner on Oct. 14, 2021.  The former chief pilot of the new aircraft was indicted yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice on six...
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