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American Airlines Disasters

Americans, including Texans, love flying, whether it’s for work, a family vacation or to see relatives or friends who live on the other side of the country or the world. Americans, and Texans, do a lot of flying on commercial air carriers, to the extent that one-third of the approximately 87,000 flights in domestic skies at any one time belong to one of the major carriers. Commercial aviation accidents are thankfully very rare, but when they happen. They can be devastating to a great number of victims and their families.

Most plane crashes result in many passengers and crew members suffering serious injury or death, and in most cases, the accidents were avoidable, and happened due to one of a number of factors including pilot error, design and structural defects, maintenance deficiencies, air traffic controller errors or weather, among other possible factors.

One of the largest air carriers is American Airlines, Inc. American Airlines and its regional affiliates, American Eagle and AmericanConnection, operate more than 3,400 daily flights, serving 250 cities in more than 40 countries. There have been a number of fatal accidents involving American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection in the last 25 years:

  • American Airlines, Flight 331, Kingston, Jamaica, December 22, 2009;
  • American Eagle, Flight 5401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2004;
  • American Airlines, Flight 587, Belle Harbor, NY, November 12, 2001;
  • American Airlines, Flight 1420, Little Rock, AR, June 1, 1999;
  • American Airlines, Flight 1340, Chicago, IL, February 9, 1998;
  • American Airlines, Flight 965, near Cali, Colombia, December 20, 1995;
  • American Eagle, Flight 4184, Roselawn, IN, October 31, 1994;
  • American Eagle, Flight 3379, Morrisville, NC, December 13, 1994;
  • American Airlines, Flight 102, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, April 14, 1993;
  • American Airlines, Flight 70, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, May 21, 1988; and
  • American Eagle, Flight 3378, Cary, NC, February 19, 1988.

Determining the cause or causes of a commercial plane crash can be very difficult, but there is usually an answer to be found. But while potential causes for crashes may vary, the contributing factors usually include one or more of the following: pilot hiring, pilot competence, pilot training, pilot fatigue, aircraft maintenance, record keeping, design flaws, mechanical defects, air traffic control errors, and other factors such as weather and terrain.

Commercial aviation cases are among the most expensive and time-consuming cases in litigation. To be successful, and get the compensation they’re entitled to, victims and their families need a legal team with the knowledge, experience and resources to thoroughly investigate all potential causes of the accident on their behalf, as well as to help everyone understand their legal options.

The Hill Law Firm attorneys are here to help those who have been injured or lost loved ones in commercial airline accidents. If you have questions about an aviation accident, call Hill Law Firm today.