Aircraft Defects

Aircraft defects are one of the many factors that can contribute to aviation accidents. That’s why it’s important for all airplanes to be regularly inspected for maintenance issues and defects.

Whether caused by improper design or flight wear and tear, airplane defects can occur in the:

  • engine and engine controls,
  • fuel tank,
  • landing gear or wheels and brake system,
  • navigation system,
  • rudder,
  • spoilers,
  • stabilizer,
  • wing or propeller components,
  • and more.

If you think a defect caused the aviation accident that you or your loved one was involved in, call (888) 900-6075 or fill out a free initial consultation form now. An aviation accident attorney at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy is committed to protecting your rights when another person’s or company’s negligence caused you harm.

Determining Cause and Fault

There are several people involved in the inspection of an aircraft—from aircraft manufacturers and mechanics to pilots and ground maintenance crew.

As aviation accident attorneys, it’s our job to determine what caused your accident and who is responsible for your injuries. All airplanes should be routinely checked to prevent accidents from occurring, so when someone fails to notice, report, or properly fix a defect or malfunctioning part in an airplane, he or she should be held accountable.

Led by Attorney Jamie Lebovitz, the aviation team at Nurenberg Paris has years of experience navigating the aviation industry, and we’ve built the knowledge and resources to handle any case. Experience matters—give us a call today.

A Few of the Aircraft Defect Cases We’ve Handled

USAir Flight 427

On September 8, 1994, US Airways Flight 427 from Chicago to Pittsburgh crashed while attempting to land at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and impacted terrain near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, about six miles northwest of the airport. All 132 people on board—two pilots, three flight attendants, and 127 passngers—were killed.

The aircraft, which was on final approach, lost control due to an uncommanded rudder deflection as a result of a design defect within the rudder power control unit.

Jamie R. Lebovitz, a senior partner with Nurenberg Paris, was one of the lead attorneys on the case in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, who handled the extensive investigation and litigation for all the plaintiffs and their families.

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TWA Flight 800

On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 was en route from New York to Paris when it exploded in the Atlantic Ocean about 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 230 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the TWA Flight 800 accident "was an explosion of the center wing fuel tank (CWT), resulting from ignition of the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank." The NTSB investigation ended with the adoption of its final report in 2000.

The NTSB went on to say that contributing factors to the accident "were the design and certification concept that fuel tank explosions could be prevented solely by precluding all ignition sources and the design and certification of the Boeing 747 with heat sources located beneath the CWT with no means to reduce the heat transferred into the CWT or to render the fuel vapor in the tank nonflammable."

The Nurenberg Paris team represented four families who lost loved ones in the TWA 800 crash.

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