The December 2019 edition of Trial News published an article by Krutch Lindell attorney Nate Bingham on a civil cause of action for acts of sexual violence committed on international flights. Nate’s article is available here.
The Juneau Empire and the Associated Press recently reported on Alaska’s uniquely high rate of fatal plane crashes in the wake of the most recent crash that occurred in October near Dutch Harbor. As of November, there have already been 11 fatal crashes in Alaska this year alone. Despite having only .2% of the U.S…. Read More
The location of an airplane or helicopter crash has a large effect on post-impact survivability. For example, a crash at a remote mountain range has a lower survivability than a similar crash at a large airport with advanced ARFF (Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting). When a crash occurs in the water, especially cold water, a whole… Read More
In this post, we will continue our cold water survivability discussion and take a look at how the mechanics of a crash itself affect cold water survivability issues. A passenger’s chances of surviving an aircraft’s initial impact with the water are most dependent on the degree to which the aircraft in under control at the… Read More
The FAA just announced on Twitter that Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros and the venue for game 7 of the World Series, is a #nodronezone. What does this mean? Well, the tweet means nothing. The FAA is not allowed regulate the U.S. aerospace system via Twitter. However, the FAA is most… Read More
A decade ago, remotely operated quadcopters (drones) were relatively unknown outside of the aviation community. Today, they are ubiquitous. Drones are commonly used for both recreational and commercial purposes such as photography, emergency response coordination, and land surveying. Some of the largest companies in the word are also working on more ambitious plans for autonomous… Read More
On November 15, 2018, U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Secretary Elaine Chao announced the creation of the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force, as a subcommittee of the DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee. The Task Force was created to “review current practices, protocols and requirements of air carriers in responding to and reporting allegations… Read More
A Widespread Problem Sexual assaults occurring on airplanes have been commonplace for many years. The Association of Flight Attendants (“AFA”) reports alarming statistics. 20% of surveyed flight attendants have been notified of assaults committed against passengers, but these incidents are rarely reported to law enforcement. However, the number of in-flight sexual assaults reported to the… Read More