The estates of two wrongful death victims of a recent aviation crash have settled their cases with the airline. The claims involved the crash of a Comair Jet carrying 50 people that attempted to take off from the wrong runway at an airport in Lexington, Kentucky (KY).
I take a special interest in these accident cases because I am an injury attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), and a pilot flying out of Suffolk, Virginia. My firm handles product liability and negligence cases arising from airplane disasters.
The pilots flying the airliner in Kentucky made a fatal mistake in choosing a runway that was not long enough for their plane to reach the speed necessary to fly. When the plane ran out of runway, it crashed, immediately killing 49 of the 50 passengers.
Thirty-nine wrongful death lawsuits have been filed in the wake of this horrible plane crash. As is usual with aviation accidents, the injuries to the accident victims in this case were virtually all fatal. Because of the nature of the aviation industry, most plane crashes result in severe or fatal injuries, giving rise in many personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims.
More than 20 of the wrongful death claims filed in relation to the Comair wreck are still pending in federal court and await future resolution.
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