McDonnell Douglas MD-83

McDonnell Douglas MD-83

A McDonnell Douglas MD-83, similar to the one that crashed near Anacapa Island California en route to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 2000. Image attributed to <>, pursuant to CC BY-SA 2.0

El Al Flight 1862

El Al Flight 1862

The aftermath of the El Al Flight 1862 crash in the Netherlands. Image attributed to Jos Wiersema <>, pursuant to CC BY-SA 3.0.

Cessna 402

Cessna 402

A Cessna 402 similar to the one that crashed in 2001 shortly after taking off from the Bahamas. Passengers included the recording Artist "Aaliyah" and other employees of Virgin Records. Image attributed to WikiCommons (Public Domain).

Reno Air Race Disaster

Reno Air Race Disaster

In the 2011 Reno Air Race crash, the NTSB found that reused locknuts in a trim tab system loosened and caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft. Image from NTSB report.

Boeing 737

Boeing 737

A United Airlines Boeing 737, similar to the one that crashed while approaching Chicago in 1972. Image attributed to <;_N987UA,_November_1988_CBY_(5288789464).jpg>, pursuant to CC BY-SA 2.0.

Tenerife Memorial

Tenerife Memorial

Memorial erected in memory of the victims of the 1977 Tenerife airport disaster. Image attributed to Manual Perez Triana (CC0).


We have represented victims of more than 25 major air disasters and well over 250 crashes and other incidents involving smaller aircraft, including planes, helicopters, experimental aircraft and military aircraft. The following is a representative list of some of the major aviation cases our firm has handled:

  • El Al Airlines, Boeing 747-200 (crash) – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Pan American Airlines/KLM Airlines, Boeing 747 – Canary Islands

  • Icelandic Airlines, DC-8 (hard landing)

  • Lufthansa Airlines, Boeing 747 (crash) – Nairobi

  • Pan American Airlines, DC-8 (crash) – Pago Pago

  • United Airlines, Boeing 747 (door loss) – Hawaii to New Zealand

  • Lauda Airlines, Boeing 747 (crash) – Thailand

  • Alaska Airlines, Boeing 727 (crash) – Juneau, Alaska

  • United Airlines, Boeing 737-200 (crash) – Chicago

  • Hughes Airlines, DC-9 (crash) – Wemme, Oregon

  • Mexicana Airlines, Boeing 727 (in-flight fire and crash) – Mexico

  • Eastern Airlines, DC-9 (crash) – Denver, Colorado

  • Alaska Airlines, MD-82 (runway crash) – PV Mexico to Sea-Tac (1997)

  • Air Portugal, Boeing 727 (runway crash) – Portugal

  • American Airlines, Lockheed Electra (prop accident) – Washington

  • Capital International Airlines, DC-8 (crash) – Newfoundland

  • Alaska Airlines, Boeing 727 (decompression) – Los Angeles to Portland

  • Japan Airlines, Boeing 747 (crash) – Tokyo to Osaka

  • USAF C5A (military air crash) – Saigon

  • Turkish Airlines, DC-10 (crash) – Paris, France

  • Birgenair, Boeing 757 (crash) – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  • American Airlines, Flight 102, DC-10 (runway crash) – Honolulu to Dallas

  • Alaska Airlines, Flight 261, MD-83 (crash) – near Ventura, California

  • Silk Air, Boeing 737 (crash) – Patenbang, Indonesia

  • Aeroferinco, LET 410 (crash) – Holland America Line shore excursion near Chichen Itza, Mexico

  • Reno Air Race Disaster, P-51 (crash into grandstands) – Reno, Nevada

  • Promech Air (now Taquan Air), de Haviland DHC-3 Otter (crash) – Holland America Line shore excursion near Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

Due to the unique nature of aviation accidents, Krutch Lindell does not publish aviation-related settlement and verdict figures to protect our clients' privacy.  However, we have been involved in some of the largest jury verdicts in Washington State history and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. 

To learn more about our aviation accident practice, click here.

new case inquiries: (206) 892-3121

general: (206) 682-1505

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Seattle, WA 98102, USA

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