AA Flight 331 crash is not just another aviation “incident”, “runway excursion”or “mishap”.

by NPHM | January 29th, 2010

Nurenberg Paris represents passengers who were on American Airlines Flight 331, which crashed in Kingston, Jamaica on December 22, 2009.  This crash was not, a some have suggested, a minor aviation “incident”, “runway excursion” or “mishap”.  The pain, trauma and emotional anguish suffered by passengers on board this flight will likely affect them for a long time, and in some instances, for the rest of their lives.  Moreover, this crash is another example of a deteriorating aviation system both in the United States and abroad.

It is important for passengers of this horrifying crash to research and find an experienced aviation law firm that they feel comfortable with and which will help them in the difficult months ahead.  You do not want to become just another case or file number in a case load of hundreds.  If you were injured, whether physically or emotionally, please take the time to focus on getting the help you need to recover.  A law firm experienced in dealing with passengers who have experienced the trauma of an aviation crash can help you take the burden and stress of the legalities off your shoulders, so you can focus on what is most important: you, your family and your well being.

The complexities of an investigation into an aviation accident can be overwhelming.  News media reports can often be misleading and inaccurate.  Months, and sometimes years, of intense investigation by aviation experts and aviation attorneys (above and beyond the governmental investigating agency’s work) may be necessary to find the exact causes of an airplane crash.  Often in the wake of a crash, the news reports focus on one specific cause.  In reality the reason a crash occurs is often the failures of multiple events, including, mechanical, weather, air traffic control, training, pilot error, terrain, corporate on time pressures, and many other factors.

The Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority in cooperation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is jointly investigating the cause of this accident.  As reported in the news release of the JCAA on January 6, 2010
the flight data recorder has not indicated any malfunction with the operation of the brakes, spoilers or thrust reversers.  The rate of deceleration appears to be normal for a wet runway. The investigation continues on the mechanical functions of the various avionics and systems.

Pertinent facts indicate that American Airlines is responsible for this crash. As the investigation evolves, other responsible parties may be identified.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time American Airlines has been involved in landing accidents.  Only a week before, an American MD-80 ran off the runway in Charlotte, NC.  Also in December, an American MD-80 struck a wingtip on the ground when landing in Austin, Texas.  Flight 331 is hauntingly similar to American Flight 1420, which crashed while attempting to land in a thunderstorm in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1999.  Therefore, it is likely that investigators will focus on American Airlines safety policies with regard to the choice of landing in inclement weather versus diverting to a more suitable alternate airport.  Important questions about pilot judgment, corporate on time pressures, long work days and why this pilot landed in these weather conditions, instead of diverting to Grand Cayman island, are all answers the passengers of American Airlines Flight 331 need answers to.

The aviation attorneys at Nurenberg Paris will be getting answers to these questions and many others during their investigation with experience aviation experts into the causes of this crash.