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United Airlines cancels additional 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights

United Airlines reports that it has extended its cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights. The airline plans to do so at least until early November 2019, a move that will affect 5,000 flights. Previously, the airline extended cancellations after the Federal Aviation Administration discovered a new 737 software flaw.

This software flaw is not the same one that contributed to two deadly 737 Max plane crashes that claimed nearly 400 lives. The CEO of Boeing states that the company needs the additional time to correct the latest flaw and have its corrected software approved by the FAA before the planes can be prepared to safely fly again. Southwest Airlines aims to stick with plans to reintroduce the 737 Max planes in October 2019. Until then, the airline is cancelling 150 of its daily flights.

Plane crashes upon takeoff near Dallas, kills all 10 occupants

A recent crash at a general aviation airport serving the greater Dallas area has killed ten people. A Beechcraft King Air 350, a twin-engine turbine propeller airplane, took off from Addison Municipal Airport on the morning of June 30 but crashed into a vacant hangar just as it lifted off. It veered left, was unable to climb, and dropped its left wing, rolling inverted before striking the hangar. Initial reports indicate that the pilots radioed the tower that they were having trouble with the left engine.

One witness at the airport said that the plane did not sound right as it took off and that this clearly signified reduced power. The crash resulted in a fire, which was quickly extinguished. Everyone on the plane was killed.

Boeing Renaming its Flawed 737-MAX?

Although The Boeing Company has not made any official announcement of a name change, a photo recently surfaced that evidenced the company changing the model designation on the nose of a 737-MAX aircraft awaiting delivery to the European low cost carrier Ryanair. The photograph indicates that the "-MAX" designation was removed from the aircraft and replaced with "-8200," essentially designating the aircraft a "737-8200" model.

NTSB investigates cause of Hawaii airplane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash involving a skydiving plane in Hawaii, which is the deadliest civil aviation incident in the United States since 2011. Investigators suspect that repairs made to the aircraft, especially those made after a previous crash in 2016, could be responsible for this deadly accident. The real cause, however, won't be established until the investigation is complete. 

A preliminary report of the Hawaii plane crash will be released around the beginning of July, 2019, but the final report may take as long as two years to complete. Witnesses of the incident say that the plane crashed about 20 to 30 seconds after takeoff. Another witness stated that there was a large fire at the site where the plane hit the ground. The identity of the victims has yet to be released.

Sadly, crashes of skydiving planes are relatively common. Skydiving companies frequently use older models of aircraft that have been substantially modified to accommodate jumpers. The nature of the frequent short flights subjects the engines to more "cycles," or take-offs and landings, than would be experienced if the planes were used for transportation purposes, and that significantly increases the stress on engine components. Also, pilots for skydiving companies are often low-time commercial pilots who are using the job to increase their total hours in order to qualify for more lucrative airline positions.

Park Avenue Law has substantial experience litigating cases arising from general aviation aircraft crashes such as this. We handle similar cases worldwide, coordinating with local attorneys to provide a level of experience that is uniquely suited to such cases.

Did your pilot sleep well before your flight?

Even with all of the technological advances in the aviation industry, passenger planes simply don't move without pilots. Ultimately, getting to your destination safely relies on their skill and experience.

However, those qualities only benefit you if your pilot remains alert, vigilant and attentive during the flight. For this reason, it is crucial that pilots get a good amount of rest before flying. The problem is that it doesn't always happen, which puts your life in jeopardy.

Small plane crash leaves two injured

Two individuals were injured as a result of a small plane crash that occurred on June 8. The small plane crashed into a neighborhood in Medford, Oregon. Witnesses say a loud noise was heard before the plane crashed into one neighbor's yard.

According to witnesses, the plane appeared to be landing when it suddenly hit a tree and two parked cars before coming to a stop in front of the home. Neighbors rushed to the aid of the two men who walked out of the plane. One of the men had arm and facial injuries, and the other had facial injuries. The neighbors called the police and helped address the wounds as they waited for first responders to arrive. Both men were taken to a local hospital where they are expected to survive.

Whose laws apply to international flights?

If an American accuses a Canadian of sexual assault aboard a U.S. airplane flying from London to New York, whose laws apply? The United States will certainly take an interest, but so may other countries, based on the people involved and the airspace where the crime took place.

Unfortunately, more people find themselves grappling with similar questions. According to a recent report in The New York Times, the FBI has received an increasing number of plane-related sexual assault cases over the past years, including more than 100 between 2017 and 2018.

Small plane crash kills one, injures two

Alaska saw its third airplane crash in two weeks when a Cessna A185F Skywagon crashed in Prince William Sound on May 21. The Coast Guard reported the crash around 2 p.m. that day, and four vessels headed out to rescue the three passengers on that plane. The plane was found near Cascade Bay about 20 miles southwest of the city of Valdez.

The Coast Guard and Alaska Air National Guard arrived at the scene after the four vessels. One of the passengers was pronounced dead. The other two were transported by helicopter to a hospital to be treated for "general pains." The cause of the accident has yet to be determined. As for who owned and operated the plane, this also remains unknown.

Is it still safe to fly?

Recent airplane accidents, such as the charter flight that overshot a Florida runway and landed in a river, are raising new concerns about the safety of air travel. Worldwide, more than 750 people have died in airplane crashes over the past two years. About half of those deaths were the result of Boeing 737 Max jet crashes that occurred in Ethiopia and Indonesia. In each case, it is believed that an automated system inadvertently forced the nose of the plane down.

There seems to be no direct correlation, though, between those crashes and a Russian flight that caught fire attempting to land in Moscow. That accident, which claimed the lives of more than 40 people, raises questions about the wisdom of attempting to land a plane that just took off and is full of fuel. Also of concern are reports that passengers took enough time to retrieve their carry-on luggage before evacuating the plane.

Proving negligence in a common carrier accident

Common carriers are any business that transports customers for a fee. Examples include buses, taxis, ships, trains and airplanes. When passengers are injured in a common carrier accident, they may have a case against the business.

Many common carriers are under a regulatory body that sets safety standards. For example, commercial airlines are under the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration. When operators fail to uphold these standards, there may be grounds for a personal injury claim. In addition, operators who fail to exercise reasonable care and diligence, even when they do not violate any particular standards, may be held liable for injuries.

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