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 fewer than 30 passengers.
Slack & Davis aviation lawyers are experienced litigators who understand the specific issues surrounding private plane regulations − and air crashes. Prominent, celebrity cases resolved by Slack & Davis include the charter flight crash that killed members of country-western star Reba McEntire’s band.
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. Complex private plane crashes need strong technical and legal skills due to the many potential theories of liability under state, federal and international law. This knowledge and deep insight into all facets of the aviation industry enable Slack & Davis airplane accident attorneys, where appropriate, to file suit in jurisdictions most advantageous to our clients.
Slack & Davis airplane accident attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of private plane crash claims, offering clients the legal savvy, technical knowledge and financial resources to pursue cases against formidable adversaries. As always, our mission is to aggressively seek advantageous resolutions for our clients.
Slack & Davis’ Successes in Handling Private Plane Accidents
The following are a representative list of cases litigated by Slack & Davis Private Plane Accident attorneys.
- Members of Reba McEntire’s band were flying to their next engagement after a night concert in San Diego on March 16, 1991. Two minutes after take-off, their chartered plane, a Hawker Siddeley, crashed into a mountain, killing all seven persons on board. The parents of three musicians sued the charter plane’s owner, Duncan Aircraft, for wrongful death, alleging that the pilot, a Duncan employee, caused the crash by failing to clear the mountain. Plaintiffs also alleged that Duncan contributed to the crash by failing to provide its pilots with aeronautical charts showing the location and height of the mountains in the area. Slack & Davis secured a recovery of $950,000 for each of the three decedents’ parents.
- Slack & Davis represented the wife and two children of Walter Hyatt, a Texas recording artist who was traveling to attend his daughter’s college graduation. On May 11, 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 was bound for Atlanta when a fire on board contributed to the plane’s crash into the Florida Everglades 11 minutes after takeoff. All 110 passengers and crew aboard were killed. The investigation revealed that oxygen canisters stored in the cargo bay were mistakenly labeled as “empty” and improperly packed; many of them were missing safety caps.
- The career of folk rock musician Jim Croce was just beginning to soar when a plane he had chartered crashed at the end of a runway in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on September 20, 1973. Slack & Davis recovered $675,000 (all available insurance coverage) on behalf of Croce’s family.
Call on the Private Plane Accident Lawyers for Advice
For two decades private plane accident attorneys of Slack & Davis, led by Michael L. Slack, have fought and won legal battles on behalf of the victims and families of these crashes. Slack & Davis attorneys are experienced trial lawyers with a record of outstanding verdicts in private plane accident cases, who also have substantial experience and credentials as pilots and engineers. Our goal is to obtain the optimum recovery in the shortest time possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe life-altering injuries or even death, we can help you through this difficult time. Nothing is more important to us than getting you the help you need. We bring knowledge and understanding of an aircraft’s history and components to every case.
Slack & Davis are aviation professionals with experience as aerospace engineers, pilots and flight instructors.