Pilot’s Lack of Training Results in Airline & Mass Disaster Aviation Lawsuit

Case Title: Robertson v. Blue Hawaiian

On November 10, 2011, an Airbus EC-130 helicopter operated by Blue Hawaiian on an air tour flight crashed on Moloka’i in heavy rain and downdrafts. The pilot and four passengers were killed. The crash and post-impact fire were caused by the pilot’s decision to operate on the leeward side of a mountain in rapidly changing weather conditions and without adequate training or experience flying in the Hawaiian weather environment. The pilot’s decision resulted in the helicopter being caught in a severe downdraft which exceeded the pilot and helicopter’s ability to overcome the extreme conditions before it collided with the terrain, killing the pilot and four passengers. The firm represented the family of a passenger killed in the crash.

Ladd Sanger is an attorney and a licensed pilot who focuses on aviation accidents, including product liability, product litigation, and representing clients who have been injured as a result of aviation accidents. His experience as a pilot helps him understand the technical aspects of aviation crashes.

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