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Charter and Tour Air Crashes
Charter and tour air operators often transport busy executives, travelers, high-profile athletes, musicians, government officials and celebrities. In most of these cases, pilots might feel tremendous pressures to maintain schedules and fulfill flight commitments, even when unsafe conditions suddenly appear. Flying at night in poor weather, or flying in an overloaded aircraft can be recipes for disaster.
Federal laws determine the safety standards for pilots, crew and other employees of charter and tour operators, as defined by Chapter 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 121 and 135. Section 121 applies to large commercial aircraft that hold 30 passengers or more. Section 135 applies to smaller, commuter or air taxi aircraft that hold less than 30 passengers.
Slack & Davis aviation lawyers are experienced litigators who understand the specific issues surrounding charter and tour regulations − and air crashes. Prominent, celebrity cases resolved by Slack & Davis include the helicopter crash that killed blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan and three cases arising from the charter flight crash that killed members of country-western star Reba McEntire’s band. The firm’s aviation lawyers also represented the widow and young children of songwriter and recording artist Walter Hyatt, who died in the crash of Valujet 592. Before retirement, Tom Davis, co-founder of Slack & Davis, handled a case involving the death of rocker Jim Croce.
Representing surviving families in such cases requires special sensitivity. It also requires the ability to project, document and recover potential future earnings of the deceased. We invite you to learn more about our charter and tour air crash cases or simply contact our aviation law team now.