Category Archives: Air travel fatality cases

Drone Policy Analysts Joined by Privacy Advocates

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In follow-up to our prior post regarding unmanned drone safety and registration, we discuss a new wrinkle in administering policy to these pilotless aircraft:  the question of privacy. While there is no question some regulation of the private and commercial use of drones was inevitable, the task for regulators is now how to protect privacy

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Drone Injury and Safety Policy Leads To Registration

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The Association for Justice (“AAJ”) morning litigation program tends to feature “cutting edge” and merging areas of the law. When Doug Landau submitted his paper on the law of drones, there was little case law or regulation, despite reports of near misses with helicopters and airplanes at major international airports. Given the Virginia Motorsports Park

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Who is responsible for a crash between a drone and a private plane or commercial jet?

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Air-traffic controllers have plenty to do safely coordinating arriving and departing aircraft, as well as vehicles on the airport operations area. With the surge in the numbers of these small, unmanned aircraft being used in American air space, their jobs, and those of pilots and other airline personnel, have become exponentially more difficult and dangerous.

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Airport Safety Violations can Kill Even a “No Fault” Claim

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While workers’ compensation is considered a “no-fault” system, there are instances where the culpability of the injured worker is examined. In airport injury cases, normally the negligence of the injured worker is often not an issue. Intentionally inflicted injuries are a topic for another day.  A flight attendant or ground crew member can be clumsy

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Are Dulles Airport Runways Safe?

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According to an article in the Washington Post, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) paid a $2 million wrongful death settlement to the parents of 25 year old Southwest Airlines ramp agent Jared Dodson who was killed when the baggage tug he was steering was struck by a mobile lounge on the runway at Dulles

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Gaithersburg Airplane Crash

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The unthinkable has happened again.  A small plane has crashed into a home situated near an airport. However, unlike an incident in Chicago a few weeks ago, in which the pilot was killed but the elderly residents of the home he struck escaped injury, the December 8 crash of a plane into three homes near

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Lawsuit Over Plane Crash

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An elderly couple in Chicago escaped with their lives and suffered no physical injuries when a small cargo plane crashed into their home on November 18.  The plane missed hitting the couple, ages 84 and 82, by just inches.  But what a frightening scene that must have been! They have filed a lawsuit against Central

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Are Airplanes and Aircraft Required to Have Insurance in Virginia?

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Prior to 1979 there were no liability insurance requirements on light airplanes under the Virginia Code.  In addition, the Virginia federal courts ruled that the Federal Aviation Act provided no basis to impose vicarious liability on the owner of an aircraft for the negligence of someone who was a bailee. *vicarious liability assigns liability for

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