Unfit for Flight


The article, “Unfit for Flight,” written by Thomas Frank and featured in the current issue of USA Today references multiple air crash cases handled by Slack & Davis. We applaud Mr. Frank and USA Today for giving a voice to those injured in these general aviation crashes and the families of the deceased.

Slack & Davis advocates for safety improvements in every injury and wrongful death case we handle. It is a part of our core philosophy and a pledge that we make to each client. We are proud of our track record in bringing about significant changes in general aviation safety as well as commercial airline safety. Sad to say, crashes continue to happen with too many lives lost. Our work is not yet finished.

Below is an excerpt from the USA Today article, as well as a list of some of the Slack & Davis cases referenced within.

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Safety Last: Lies and Cover-ups Mask Roots of Small-plane Carnage
by Thomas Frank, USA TODAY

“…Nearly 45,000 people have been killed over the past five decades in private planes and helicopters — almost nine times the number that have died in airline crashes — and federal investigators have cited pilots as causing or contributing to 86% of private crashes. But a USA TODAY investigation shows repeated instances in which crashes, deaths and injuries were caused by defective parts and dangerous designs, casting doubt on the government’s official rulings and revealing the inner workings of an industry hit so hard by legal claims that it sought and won liability protection from Congress…”

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Cases Handled by Slack & Davis Referenced in USA Today:

Weaverville, CA Crash – Sikorsky S-61N (N612AZ)
08/05/08
We represented the family of Bryan Rich, deceased firefighter.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Morgan City, LA Crash – Sikorsky S-76C (N748P)
01/04/09
We represented the parents of Ezequiel Cantu, deceased oil rig worker.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Fredericksburg, TX Crash – Robinson R44 II (N123CK)
04/13/06
We represented the family of Craig Nemec, severely burned/injured and died 14 months later from his injuries.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Nowra, Australia – Robinson R44 II (VH-COK)
02/04/12
We are currently represent the family of Andrew Wight, deceased.

Parks, AZ Crash – Cessna 208B (N514DB)
11/08/02
We represented the families of Robert Fry and Brad Galaway, both deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Fort Pierce, FL crash – Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 (N316PR)
06/25/06
We represented the family of Stephen Hodges, deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Englewood, CO crash – MU-2B-60 (N538EA)
12/10/04
We represented the family of Paul Krysiak, deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Oklahoma City, OK Crash – Eurocopter AS 350 B2 (N917EM)
02/22/13
We are currently representing the family of Christopher Denning, deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Tucson, AZ Crash – Eurocopter AS 350 B3 (N509AM)
07/28/10
We represented the family of Parker Summons, deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Flagstaff, AZ Crash – Bell 407 (N407MJ and N407GA)
06/29/08
We represented the families of James Taylor, Jr., deceased and Michael MacDonald, deceased.
Link to NTSB to see report.

Seminole County, OK Crash – EC 130 B4 (N334AM)
01/02/13
We are currently representing Trevor Engler, Tony Loftis, Tony Wilson and David Eastep. All survived but were seriously injured.  This case has to do with cold weather and icing conditions.
Link to NTSB to see report.

San Antonio, TX crash – Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A
01/22/00
Link to NTSB to see report.

Hillsboro, OR crash – Mitsubishi MU-2B-25
05/24/05
Link to NTSB to see report.