Business/ Commuter Aircraft Accidents

The technical and legal complexity arising from business or commuter aircraft accidents can be challenging.

There are many aircraft types that are used for this type of passenger carriage around the world and the quality of the aircraft and the operators can vary. The accidents can include crashes of business / executive aircraft carrying wealthy individuals, crashes of small commuter aircraft carrying fare-paying passengers and small commuter aircraft chartered by agents and sold as a pleasure / foreign domestic flight as part of a package holiday (see the case study of the Sita Air crash in Nepal).

Unlike airliners that are required to be fitted with Flight Data Recorder (“FDR”) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (“CVR”) “black box” equipment, these smaller passenger aircraft do not always have this equipment, meaning that there is far less, or sometimes no real-time data to assist the accident investigators in determining what caused the accident (see the case study of the Manx 2 crash in Ireland).

This, combined with the air accident investigation resources of the country responsible for the investigation, means that it may take several years for the accident report to be published and the answers within the report may be inconclusive or of limited value. For the families and victims, this can make the process of finding answers and pursuing a legal case very difficult. Nexa Law uses its in-house professional pilot expertise in flying piston, small jet and twin turboprop aircraft to analyse the available facts of the accident and identify credible theories as to the most likely causes to help the families and victims understand what went wrong.

Nexa Law’s expertise in aviation law and quantifying high value/ complex claims enables it to choose the best legal jurisdiction/ cause of action to maximise the recovery for the losses caused by the accident.

If you (or a family/ friend) have been involved in a business/ commuter aircraft accident and are seeking advice, please contact us directly on:

Telephone: 020 7504 7071 ext 20
Email: jim.morris@nexa.law


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