Aviation Accident Attorneys
Aviation Law Group PS is a leading West Coast law firm representing plaintiffs in the West Coast, the United States, and the World in aircraft accidents and other aviation-related cases involving serious injury/wrongful death. With more than 30 years of experience practicing law, and more than 40 years in aviation, ALG is proud of our excellent legal work on behalf of hundreds of clients. We routinely handle cases with local counsel in all 50 States and Internationally. Additionally, ALG attorneys are licensed to practice law throughout the Western United States including Alaska, Washington, Hawaii, and California.
Attorney 30+ years
A&P Aviation Mechanic
20+ years Teaching
Aviation Accident Law
Attorney 9+ years
Aviation Law Speaker
Attorney 11+ years
IA Aviation Mechanic
Attorney 20+ years
Airline Pilot & Instructor
Airbus 320 Series Captain
WHAT WE DO
Aviation Accident Law
General Aviation Accidents
General aviation involves private and recreational flight activity. It includes non-airline flights such as scenic flights, flight training, private flights, recreational flights, helicopter flights and operations, seaplanes, flying clubs, business flights, gliders, and a lot of other aerial activity. All of Aviation Law Group attorneys have extensive experience in many aspects of general aviation, from flying and instructing, to operations and aircraft maintenance. Since 1988, our lawyers have handled accidents involving nearly all aspects of general aviation activity for airplanes, helicopters, and fixed base operators.
Helicopter accidents often involve issues of external load operations such as longline or external load (link to external load), heli-lifting, heli-logging, and fire-fighting support.
Major Airline Accidents
ALG attorneys have represented numerous families who lost loved ones in major airline disasters, such as the January 31, 2000, Alaska Flight 261 accident near Point Hueneme, California, and the February 25, 2009, Turkish Airline Flight TK 1951 accident in Amsterdam. We have extensive experience with international airline liability law, including the Montreal Convention and its predecessor the Warsaw Convention, where issues of liability, jurisdiction, applicable law, and recoverable damages are complex. ALG attorneys have given many talks and written numerous articles in this specialized field of law. Mr. Hedrick also teaches the Montreal Convention as part of his Aviation Accident Law course at Seattle University School of Law.
International Coverage and Regional Expertise
Unfortunately, aircraft accidents occur nearly weekly throughout Washington. In addition, many aircraft accidents outside of Washington involve Washington manufacturers or operators.
Because of the extent of aviation activity throughout the 49th and largest state in the U.S., Robert Hedrick obtained his attorney license in Alaska nearly 20 years ago in 2002 and is an active member of the Alaska Bar Association.
Aviation activity is unique in the Hawaiian archipelago because of its location and geographical topography.
Recent Aviation Law News
On October 17, 2023, at roughly 10:50 a.m., a Tecnam P 2010 Mk II, crashed shortly after takeoff from Taylor Field, Ocala Florida, seriously injuring the student pilot and their instructor. Our hearts go out to the pilots and their families, and we wish them a speedy...
On Tuesday, October 3rd at approximately 6:45pm, N8360K, a 1981 Piper PA-44 Seminole, operated by Hillsboro Aero Academy, tragically crashed killing two and leaving a third in critical condition. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Video footage of...
The fact that the fire suppression system did not activate could either point to a failure of the suppression system or a fire that simply could not be suppressed.
On August 28, 2023, at around 8:41 a.m., a helicopter registration number N109BC, owned and operated by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue (BSFR) crashed into an apartment building in Pompano Beach, Broward County Florida killing a BSFR Captain and an adult civilian who was...
On July 20, 2023, a Bell 206 helicopter, operated by Maritime Helicopters, Inc. crashed into a lake in northern Alaska. The three passengers and the pilot did not survive the accident. Our hearts go out to their families and friends. Alaska Department of Natural...
Like millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, we have been closely watching the news about the OceanGate submersible The Titan. This most tragic accident occurring at the most well-known underwater graveyard of the Titanic is ironic and simply...
We are thrilled to announce that ALG Attorney Chris Rusing has successfully passed the rigorous Florida Bar Exam in February 2023. This accomplishment expands ALG’s legal practice to encompass those affected by severe aviation accidents in the Sunshine State....
They Had Enough Fuel, But Could Not Get It To The Engines The Twin Otter, N153QS, owned by Seafly LLC, a Delaware Corporation with a representative office in Palo Alto, CA, was involved in a fatal accident during a ferry flight to Hawaii. This aircraft, returning from...
Many of the passengers of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35, which flew into severe turbulence on December 18, 2022, report that right before the turbulence hit, the airline crew announced that they were approaching Honolulu and that it was OK to use the bathroom and get up...
On April 22, 2023, ALG attorney Robert Hedrick gave a presentation at the 13th Annual Conference On International Aviation: Liability, Insurance, and Finance, in Paris. The event was hosted by McGill University and PEOPIL (Pan European Organization of Personal Injury...
In a tragic incident on the morning of May 10, 2023, a Learjet 36A, operated by Phoenix Air Group LLC of Cartersville, Georgia, crashed off the coast of San Clemente Island, California. The crash resulted in the unfortunate death of three onboard - two pilots and a...
On January 2, 2023, an Embraer EMB-505 (aka Phenom 300), N555NR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Provo Municipal Airport, Provo, Utah. The pilot sustained fatal injuries, two passengers sustained serious injuries, and one passenger...
The NTSB issued its preliminary report on the HA 35 flight turbulence accident that occurred on December 18, 2022. The Hawaiian Airlines flight was approaching Hawaii after leaving Phoenix, when it hit severe turbulence, injuring at least 25 persons (passengers and...
Our hearts go out to the passengers and crew injured on Sunday, December 18, 2022, while flying on Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA35 from Phoenix to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Unfortunately, the Airbus 330 airplane they were riding in struck...
The Tragic Crash Of A Cessna 208B In Washington Involving Raisbeck Engineering Raises Serious Questions About What Happened
The Pacific Northwest has been rattled with yet another general aviation accident after the September 4 Northwest Seaplanes accident that took the lives of 10 persons. On November 18, 2022, a Cessna 208B Caravan (N2069B) crashed in Snohomish County, Washington, near...
Airplane Mis-fueling Accident
A lineman working for local aircraft fueling operation pumped Jet-A aircraft fuel into the tanks of a reciprocating single-engine airplane, which required 100 octane low lead fuel.
Defective Carburetor Accident
In February 2013, following a 3-week trial, a Washington jury returned a verdict for $8.9 million in favor of our client against an aircraft engine manufacturer.
Regional Fly-In Accident
After a 3-week jury trial, Robert Hedrick obtained a $10.5 million verdict against a regional fly-in host and its national counterpart. The case involved failure to arrange for adequate fire and emergency response at the event, which caused a pilot to die needlessly.
Aircraft Design Defect
Last year, after a two-week trial, a 12-person jury returned a verdict in favor of the clients of Aviation Law Group, finding that an aircraft’s flight control system was defectively designed, which caused the deaths of a pilot and his passenger.
Firm Contact Information
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an aviation-related accident, please reach out to us. We are always willing to provide a free initial evaluation and meeting.