Nexa Law has class leading professional aviation and legal expertise in light aircraft accidents in the UK, EU and around the world.
There are huge numbers of light aircraft being flown in countries on a variety of sorties, including private flights, tourist sightseeing pleasure flights (such as Safari flights) and commercial transport operations. This, in turn, means that accidents involving light aircraft do occur on a regular basis, when looked at from a worldwide perspective.
Although a well maintained aircraft flown by a competent pilot is safe, there can be large variations in safety depending on a number of factors. For instance, pilots with a basic Private Pilots Licence (PPL) are much more limited in how they can operate an aircraft and the weather that they can fly in when compared with a professional full time pilot who has an Air Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) or equivalent. Also, the reliability of the aircraft and its maintenance can vary.
Although light aircraft are predominantly low tech single engine aircraft, the investigation into the cause(s) and subsequent litigation on behalf of victims can still be very complex. An example is a Cessna 172 crash in England where Jim represented an injured passenger. Originally a law firm pursued a case just against the pilot alleging pilot error. However, when Jim was instructed to take over the case he identified that the pilot’s actions were only part of a chain of events, that were triggered by the failure of one of the engine’s cylinders. As a result, Jim decided to also issue product liability proceedings against the US manufacturer of the cylinder components, the UK importer of the cylinder components and further negligence proceedings against the firm that installed the cylinder components.
The proceedings were further complicated by a number of legal issues, including expiry of the legal limitation period, service of proceedings out of jurisdiction in the US and consolidation of proceedings. However, having overcome these hurdles to join all the appropriate defendants in the legal case, Jim was then able to successfully settle the case at mediation, without the need for a trial.
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