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Air Show Accidents

Most of the time, air shows are a lot of fun for spectators. They are family events and cater to children. But sometimes, accidents happen. For example, at an air show in Reno, Nevada in 2011, a 74-year-old highly experienced stunt pilot lost control of his heavily modified World War II-era P-51 Mustang plane, which plowed into the crowd of spectators who were looking on. At least 11 people were killed and more than 70 were injured in the accident. In a situation like this, injured spectators will need the help of an experienced airplane accident attorney.

Unlike most aviation accidents, a crash at an air show brings with it a number of legal issues that must be sorted through to determine liability. When you consider the circumstances, you have spectators who know nothing about aviation sitting very close to highly modified planes that sometimes conduct advanced flying maneuvers at extremely high speeds. Given these factors, everything possible should be done to ensure the safety of everyone, from pilots to spectators.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates all accidents involving aircraft and may find that one or even several parties are liable in an air show accident. The pilot could be found to be reckless or negligent in the way they flew their aircraft. Promoters and organizers could be found liable if they failed to take adequate safety precautions, such as placing spectators too close to the planes, or providing an inadequate barrier. If the aircraft involved in the crash had not been maintained to reasonable standards, or shortcuts were taken in aircraft maintenance, those responsible could be found liable. And in some circumstances, even federal, state, or local governments may be found negligent in not providing adequate oversight, and perhaps allowing such events to take place despite the risk to the public.

When an accident happens at an air show, victims need expert help to sort out the complex details and options available to them. Determining liability can be a long and difficult process. Since victims have to take action before their statute of limitations expires, sometimes victims must file their lawsuit before the NTSB is done with their investigation.

The personal injury lawyers at Hill Law Firm are here to help those who have been injured or lost loved ones in air show accidents. Our attorneys have seen a wide variety of aviation accidents leading to serious injuries and deaths. If you have question , please call us today to speak with our experienced lawyers in San Antonio, Texas to ensure that your rights are protected.