Since 1957, Krutch Lindell has represented victims of aviation disasters all over the world, building a reputation for excellence in aviation litigation that comes from over 60 continuous years of experience. Attorneys at Krutch Lindell include current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified airplane and helicopter pilots with past experience in National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aircraft accident investigations.
Krutch Lindell attorneys have represented victims of over 25 major airline disasters, and well over 250 small aircraft and military aircraft crashes, resulting in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
There is no category of airplane or helicopter that escapes the experience of Krutch Lindell’s attorneys: cases handled include everything from the largest airliners, to commuter aircraft, small airplanes, helicopters, floatplanes and seaplanes, and military and ex-military aircraft.
The causes of these crashes have included pilot and crewmember mistakes , mechanical and systems malfunctions, wing separation, tail separation, rotor blade separation, structural and fatigue failure, power loss, instrument failure, composite materials failure/delamination, spatial disorientation, autopilot malfunction, jammed or runaway control surfaces, air traffic control errors, mid-air collisions, hydraulic systems failures, severe weather including aircraft icing, downbursts, microbursts, and windshear, defective design, defective manufacture (product liability), negligent maintenance, inadequate weather forecasting, inadequate pre-flight planning, negligent dispatch, poor operational management, unmarked obstructions, and improper airport design.
With offices in Washington, home to the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, and in Oregon, Krutch Lindell is the premier Pacific Northwest aviation law firm. Krutch Lindell’s long-standing relationships allow the firm to provide the best possible representation to our clients who have suffered a loss in an aviation disaster. Krutch Lindell’s Northwest roots also give the firm a unique perspective on crashes related to the aviation niches of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, such as those involving float planes, bush planes, aerial wildfire fighting operations, aerial logging, aerial tree trimming, aerial wildlife surveys, and cruise ship charter flights.
Krutch Lindell’s aviation attorneys are based in the Pacific Northwest, but often handle cases in other states on a pro hac vice basis and associate with local attorneys to bring claims on behalf of air disaster victims in Canada, Latin America, and around the world. Krutch Lindell attorneys have extensive legal expertise in the areas of law involved in aircraft accident cases, including the Montreal Convention, Death on the High Seas Act, common carrier liability, Federal Aviation Regulations, EASA regulations, air traffic control rules and procedures, piloting rules and procedures, forum non conveniens, and sovereign immunity. The attorneys at Krutch Lindell also have extensive experience with rules for complex multi-district litigation, and jurisdictional disputes.