Aviation is one of our firm’s well-known practice areas. Since 1992, we have handled a wide range of issues, including minor injuries due to luggage falling from overhead storage bins to the defense of airports and/or air carriers in major personal injury litigation.
We have represented domestic and international air carriers, aircraft manufacturers, component part manufacturers, pilots, and FAA certified airports, and we have extensive experience dealing with how FAA certificated airports are structured, how they are regulated, what is and is not controlled by the operator of such an airport, and how the operator complies with federal regulations.
The firm has handled aviation cases involving the following issues:
- Manufacturing defects
- Pilot error
- Failure to warn
- Post manufacture failure to warn
- Engine failure on takeoff
- Engine failure in flight
- Glider accidents
- Mid-air collisions
- Fuel pump failure
- Emergency transmitter failure
- Helicopter logging accidents
- Helicopter rollover upon takeoff
- Magneto failure
- Federal Aviation Regulation violations
- Helicopter main rotor failure
- Passenger removal
- Slip and fall injuries
- Pre-purchase aircraft inspections
- Defective ground support equipment
- Airport obstructions
Northcraft Bigby founder and managing shareholder Mark S. Northcraft is a past chairperson of the Aviation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and he initiated and developed the ABA Aviation Litigation Newsletter.