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.
Aviation Law Group: Representing Passengers Harmed on
Alaska Airlines Flight 1282
At Aviation Law Group, our primary concern for the passengers of Alaska Flight 1282 is their physical and mental well-being and recovery. There is nothing to gain by filing a lawsuit immediately, as some other lawyers have done when all the facts are not yet known, and many passengers are still recovering from their injuries. Once you retain ALG to represent you, you can rest assured that your legal interests are being taken care of by ALG, leaving you to focus on other important things in your life.
ALG takes a thoughtful and thorough approach to all of our cases. We have already commenced our own investigation with many interviews, consultations with our expert airline pilots and mechanics, and are performing extensive research covering many issues in the federal aviation regulations, product liability, and state law in at least 4 other states. We have prior experience with claims against Alaska Airlines, Boeing, and major aircraft component part suppliers.
Deciding when to file a lawsuit is an art. This takes time. We strategically decide which state’s laws are most advantageous to each of our clients, and we determine which states we can obtain personal jurisdiction over each defendant. This not only helps ensure a recovery for each client, but a maximum recovery. Different state laws may be more beneficial to different claimants.
For example, Washington law does not provide for punitive damages. Other states related to this action do allow claims for punitive damages. This might make a difference on where we file the case and what law we seek to apply. These important legal and strategic decisions cannot be made overnight or right after an accident when most of the underlying facts are unknown.
ALG attorneys have prior experience with claims against Boeing, Alaska Airlines, and many major aircraft component part suppliers. We have successfully handled many airframe failure accident cases. Four ALG attorneys are commercial pilots, two are licensed aircraft mechanics. We would be happy to explain our approach to you and answer any questions that you may have.
Please contact us using the form to the right or call us directly- 206.464.1166
Attorney 30+ years
A&P Aviation Mechanic
20+ Years Professor of Aviation Accident Law
Attorney 10+ years
Fluent Mandarin Chinese
Professor of Aviation and Space Law
Attorney 16+ years
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
Former FAA Authorized Inspector
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
This accident calls attention to the series of Hawker Jets that have a historical challenge with stall recovery and the general dangers of stall recovery of swept-wing aircraft. Instances of erratic behavior during stall maneuvers, including unexpected rolls and recovery difficulties, have been documented in various models over the years.
It is exceedingly rare for a jet-powered aircraft to lose a single engine. Most pilots who fly jet aircraft will fly their entire career and not experience an engine failure. To experience a dual jet engine failure is extremely rare. Based on Aviation Law Group’s attorneys’ experience, losing both engines at the same time suggests a common source for the engine failures.
The flying public relies on the integrity of each person who handles, inspects, and installs component parts that make up an aircraft; hence, the accident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of every detail in the manufacturing process.
On Friday, January 5, 2024, Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 had a normal departure and climb-out from Portland en route to Ontario, California. There were 171 passengers on board, with six crewmembers. As the 737 Max was ascending through 16,000 feet, traveling at...
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...
In the recent tragic occurrence, a Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue helicopter, N108BC, crashed into an apartment building on August 28. According to the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the pilot noted an escalating temperature in...
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...
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.