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Was the Hawaii Aviation Accident That Changed Your Life Caused by Negligence?

It makes sense that Hawaii sees more air traffic than other states: many regularly fly to and from the state on commercial aviation accidents in Hawaiiairlines, others use puddle jumpers to get from island to island, and many visitors are thrilled to see our unique landscape from tour helicopters. At the same time, Hawaii's many military bases often populate our skies with various aircraft. Unfortunately, there are a handful of serious aviation accidents each year in Hawaii - and many of these accidents involved negligence and could have been prevented. Whether an aircraft accident involves the military, a large commercial airline, a small one-engine plane, or a helicopter tour company, there are a few common causes of aircraft accidents and injuries:
 

  • Pilot error
  • Mechanical errors/equipment failure
  • Maintenance issues
  • Aircraft design flaws
  • Air traffic control errors/communication problems
  • FAA violations/safety regulation violations
  • Inclement weather

Experienced Aviation Accident Attorneys

At Trecker & Fritz, Attorneys at Law, we have decades of experience in handling major aviation accident cases, from taking on large commercial airline lawsuits involve United Airlines, American Airlines and Aloha Airlines, to representing clients injured in small tour plane accidents or during helicopter rides. We have a consistent track record of recovering compensation and finding justice for airplane accident victims and their families - a track record build over the years with the help of our extensive knowledge of aviation accidents and the law.

Here are just a few recent and notable Hawaii aviation accidents:
 

  • In April of this year, two people were killed in a micro light plane accident into Kealakekua Bay, including 38-year-old Tedd Robert Hecklin, owner of Tedd's Flying Adventures in Kailua-Kona.
  • In January, a small plane crashed into the Koolau mountains, killing both people aboard. Witnesses say the plane burst into flames before losing altitude and crashing.
  • Last spring, two Army soldiers were killed during a routine maintenance flight of a Kiowa Warrior helicopter in Hawaii. Investigators blamed the crash, which took place in an Army hanger, as a "hard landing."
  • In 2007, three tourists and one pilot were killed and three others were seriously injured when their helicopter crashed near Princeville Airport on the island of Kauai.
 
Hawaii sightseeing helicopter tours have a history of crashes, injuries, and deaths
 
A sightseeing helicopter tour may be the most thrilling way to view Hawaii's natural wonders, and the helicopter tour industry has been booming for the last 25 years - but sightseeing by helicopter is also a dangerous activity that results in a number of deaths and injuries each year. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added a number of regulations regarding Hawaii tour helicopter safety, fatal crashes and other accident still occur. All in all, about forty people have died in tourist-related chopper crashes since 1995. Many of these crashes are caused by pilot error, mechanical problems, maintenance issues, or FAA regulations violations.

Military aircraft accident victims have hope for compensation and justice

When a member of the military is injured or killed in an aviation accident, many people assume that they cannot file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit because of the military's sovereign immunity. However, depending on the nature and cause of the accident, you could have options. For example, while you cannot legally sue the military, you can sue the manufacturer of the aircraft if the plane or helicopter crash was caused by poor aircraft design, defective parts, or maintenance problems.

Learn more about your Hawaii plane crash or helicopter accident today

All too often, aircraft accidents are referred to as "freak accidents" by airlines, helicopter tour companies, and the media. But in the majority of plane and helicopter crashes, the accidents have common and preventable causes, such as pilot error, bad weather, or mechanical problems. If you or a loved one have been involved in a Hawaii aviation accident and believe negligence was involved, talk to an experienced lawyer at Trecker & Fritz today. Even if you aren't sure what caused your plane or helicopter accident, we have access to experts who can examine your case and determine if you deserve compensation. Call us today, toll-free at 800-237-9300 or fill out the electronic contact form on this page to schedule a confidential meeting.