Military Helicopter and Plane Crashes

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Military helicopters, as well as, military planes, are highly complex machines requiring intricate design, construction, maintenance, and skills in operation. Because these machines require such precision in order to ensure safe manufacture and use, the smallest problem could lead to a disastrous military aircraft crash. A tiny part malfunction or a momentary negligent act could result in serious injury or death. With so many possible contributing factors involved in a military helicopter and military plane crash, it is often difficult to identify the true cause of the accident or who is ultimately responsible for it.

At The Carlson Law Firm we stand with the men and women who wear a uniform, and their families. Our team will investigate your claim to discover the cause of the crash. A highly skilled military aircraft crash lawyer from our firm is ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Our firm is headquartered next to one of the largest military bases in the world. We are veteran owned and have several former JAG attorneys on our staff. Our team has extensive experience in performing a thorough military helicopter and plane crash investigation. We will pursue a full and fair compensation on behalf of the victims and their families. In many cases, the injured service member or the surviving family members can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to hold the negligent party responsible for the fatal or injurious accident.

If someone you love was injured in a military helicopter crash, contact a military aircraft crash lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm right away. We have the resources and skills it takes to pursue the monetary compensation you and your family deserve.

What Causes a Military Helicopter or Military Plane Crash?

After a military aircraft crash, family members or next of kin are left questioning what went wrong. The Carlson Law Firm can help you get answers. We have a team of investigators and researchers who can get to the bottom of the crash and give you the answers you deserve. With decades of experience in this field, we have seen many reasons why helicopter crashes occur. Moreover, we have worked hard to improve aviation safety by bringing many of these issues to light.

Among the most common causes of a military aircraft crash are:

  • Manufacturing defect/product liability
  • Pilot error or other human factors
  • Aircraft design defect
  • Aircraft maintenance negligence
  • Air traffic control — government or contractor error
  • Helicopter pad operator negligence
  • Obstructions
  • Poor weather condition

Given these points, a majority of the reasons for aircraft crashes are preventable. If you suffered an injury or a loved one was killed in a military aviation crash, contact our firm today. We can answer your legal questions and help you get the answers you deserve.

Military Aircraft Crashes In the News

According to a CNN report, 27 US service members have been killed in non-combat air crashes in 2018 alone. On May 2, nine National Guard Airmen from Puerto Rico were tragically killed in Georgia after the cargo plane carrying the men crashed. The C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed moments after takeoff at an intersection on the outskirts of Savannah.

Reportedly, extensive repairs were made to the plane before it made its journey to Georgia. the plane was delayed for more than a month for repairs. The aircraft was on its retirement flight to Arizona when it took a nosedive onto a road near Port Wentworth.

Video of the crash shows the plane seeming to stall before nose-diving and erupting into a fireball. Officials report a 600’ x 600’ debris field that is being investigated by the military. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook that the highway where the military plane crash occurred would remain closed indefinitely.

In addition to the May 2 crash, six other non-combat aircraft crashes that have occurred this year:

  • January 20. An AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed during training at California Fort Irwin, resulting in the death of two soldiers.
  • March 14. A Navy F/A-18 fighter jet crashed during a training flight off Key West, Florida, killing two naval aviators.
  • March 15. An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash killed seven US airmen in western Iraq.
  • April 3. A Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter crash killed four crew members during a training mission near California’s Naval Air Facility El Centro.
  • April 4. An Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 jet crash killed the pilot during a training flight at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base.
  • April 6. An Army AH-64E Apache helicopter crash killed two soldiers during training at Kentucky’s Fort Campbell.

Military Helicopter Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration shows that helicopter crashes decreased to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 down from 3.67 accidents in 2015. Additionally, fatal accidents dropped slightly from .52 to .51 per 100,000 flight hours. In 2016, there were 106 helicopter accidents, including 17 fatal accidents.

Often, these helicopter crashes are the result of poor maintenance or manufacturing defects. The military may contract maintenance duties out to one of its many defense partners such as Lockheed Martin. When these major companies put profit above people, it can lead to the men and women in uniform (or civilians) suffering from severe injuries or death. Even if the crash occurs overseas, the company responsible for the defective part may still be subject to U.S. laws.

Military Plane Crash

As we reported, 27 service members have died in aircraft crashes between January and May 2018, alone. There are several instances that can lead to a military plane crash:

  • Pilot error
  • Design
  • Manufacturer defects
  • Poor maintenance
  • Air Traffic controller error
  • Bad weather

The same as military helicopter contractors, military plane contractors are subject to providing the best quality product or service. As may be the case in the May 2 crash of the C-130 Hercules, flying planes older than 50 or 60 years is sometimes part of the job. In addition to their age, these planes often require maintenance that the government may contract out. In some cases, pilots may have to unknowingly fly planes with defective parts. When a flight exposes these maintenance failures or defects, even the most experienced pilot may not be able to save themselves or their crew.

Military Aircraft Crash Investigation

Investigating a military aircraft crash that resulted in the death or serious injury of a U.S. service member should be handled by a knowledgeable military aircraft crash lawyer. This is not only important to figuring out the causes of the accident, but it will also bring closure to family members. A thorough investigation will additionally ensure that the military is aware of defects or maintenance issues. Furthermore, this knowledge can lead to the prevent the death or injury of other service members. In addition to requiring knowledge of aviation laws, mechanical engineering, maintenance, and pilot training, investigating these types of cases require extensive knowledge of the military contracts. The Carlson Law Firm has a military aircraft crash lawyer ready to help you get the answers you deserve.

Our firm has the resources to assist you during this difficult time. Whether you’re recovering or a surviving spouse or family member, a compassionate team is ready to help you get the answers you deserve. The Carlson Law Firm understands that military helicopter and plane crashes often leave a trail of clues. We have several on-staff private investigators who will thoroughly analyze and interpret data to figure out exactly what went wrong.

Who Can I Hold Responsible?

While the Feres Doctrine protects the military from lawsuits, manufacturers of defective or negligent products that injure a service member are not. Many people are not aware that our men and women in the service still have rights to lawsuits against manufacturers. However, there are several hurdles to overcome to successfully hold the manufacturer responsible for an injury to a person while in the service. An expert military aircraft crash lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you overcome these hurdles.

Our firm represents military men and women who suffered injury because of a military contractor’s negligence. When contractors put a higher value on profit and quickly churning our products, they put the lives of servicemembers at risk.

Qui Tam Action Against Military Contractors

In the United States, any individual who has information about possible, fraud, negligence or another type of violation on behalf of a military contractor can bring a qui tam action according to the U.S.C. § 3729 on behalf of the federal government for offenses committed against it.

Top 10 U.S. Defense Contractors

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  2. Boeing Company
  3. General Dynamics Corporation
  4. Raytheon Company
  5. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  6. Huntington Ingalls Industries
  7. Bechtel Group
  8. BAE Systems
  9. L-3 Communications
  10. Leidos Holdings Inc.

If you believe one of these companies is responsible for the injury, illness or death of a loved one contact The Carlson Law Firm.  We can help you determine if your suspicions are legitimate. Please do not hesitate to call us to discuss your legal options. The more time passes the more evidence erodes.  A military aircraft crash lawyer from our firm can help you decide if taking legal action is the right step for you and your family.

A Military Aircraft Crash Lawyer from our Firm Can Defend Your Rights

Nothing speaks louder than results. Our track record demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing our military helicopter crash and military plane crash clients with justice.  If you or your loved one has been injured or died in a military aircraft crash, you deserve the best legal representation.

The Carlson Law Firm has successfully handled numerous cases dealing with the failure of military products causing injuries and death to service personnel while on duty. However, it is a very specialized area of the law requiring experience and knowledge which few attorneys have. If you lost a loved one or sustained serious injuries in an accident involving a military helicopter or military plane, contact a military aircraft crash lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm right away.  Our team has acquired the resources and skills it takes to fight for your rights and future. No matter what your case may be, our legal team can examine every detail associated with you or your loved one’s accident. We can help you determine which strategies can help in your recovery of the monetary compensation you deserve.

To discuss your case, call The Carlson Law Firm today, or fill out a free case evaluation online! We have more than 40 years of legal experience!