Located in the middle of the country, Colorado is the eighth most extensive state in the U.S. and has a population that is steadily increasing.
Visitors travel to Colorado year round for premier skiing in the winter and whitewater rafting during the warmer months. The state’s central location means travelers have easy access to the rest of the country, and airports such as Denver International act as hubs for airplane flights and connections.
With all that Colorado has to offer, general aviation plays a large role in getting people where they want to go. Small planes and helicopters are able to access parts of the state that larger commercial airplanes cannot. There are over 30 FAA-regulated airports in Colorado, of which nine are commercial airports. Denver is the only city to offer international flights, yet its central location makes it one of the most popular layover cities west of Chicago.
Denver is Colorado’s capital city as well as its most populous city. Denver International Airport is one of the top-five busiest airports in the country and serves over 52 million passengers. Southwest Airlines cites Denver as one of its fastest growing markets and a “focus city” for the company.
Colorado ranks high in both aerospace and aviation education. Because so many people depend on flying for recreational and professional use, there are numerous flight schools available to potential pilots. Perhaps one of the most renowned flight schools, The United States Air Force Academy, is located in Colorado Springs. In addition to the Air Force Academy, Colorado is also home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Schriever Air Force Base and Fort Carson.
Colorado Plane Crash
Airplane and helicopter crashes occur for many reasons. Some of the factors that may contribute to aviation accidents in Colorado are icing on the plane’s exterior, aircraft overloading or mechanical failure.
Slack & Davis attorneys have successfully represented passengers and families in the following air crash cases:
- United Airlines Flight 585 in Colorado Springs. The Boeing 737-291 experienced an unexpected rudder reversal.
- A plane carrying Oklahoma State University’s basketball team crashed in January 2001 shortly after takeoff from Denver. Ten lives were lost as a result of this Beechcraft King Air B200 crash.
- In December 2004, a chartered cargo flight in a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 crashed during an emergency landing in Englewood.
- Continental Airlines Flight 1404 in Denver. The Boeing 737-524 took off from the Denver International Airport on December 20, 2008, after being cleared for takeoff by air traffic control. The aircraft veered off the runway, skidded across the taxiway and crashed in a ravine. The firm represented multiple passengers whose cases settled for confidential amounts.
The aviation attorneys of Slack & Davis have more than 20 years of experience in helping people who have survived plane crashes and families dealing with the loss of a loved one. To explore your legal options or for a complimentary case evaluation, call Slack & Davis at 800-455-8686.