“The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
- Pearl S. Buck

Seattle Plane Crash & Aviation Incident Attorney

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Travel by plane is statistically safer than travel by car: a person is much more likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than in a plane crash.

But when airplanes crash, the results are tragic.

It’s rare for people to survive the crash. Those who do survive often suffer permanent, severe injuries.

Families of the victims are left with many unanswered questions. Many find closure in understanding how and why the crash happened, and holding the responsible parties accountable.

You need a detailed investigation into the plane crash.

Making a claim for an aviation incident requires digging deep into the facts, and undertaking a detailed review, and inspection of a lot of evidence.

The National Transportation Safety Board controls the initial investigation into any accident involving a commercial plane, private plane, helicopter, or other aircraft.

Then, the aircraft and related evidence are preserved for independent experts to conduct their own investigation. An experienced attorney will put together a team of experts and investigators, and look at factors such as:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards
  • Location of the crash and point of departure
  • Actions and safety precautions taken by the pilot or crew
  • Regular maintenance and repairs
  • Quality and performance of the parts and instruments
  • The training of the pilot and air traffic controllers

Coluccio Law helps families seeking the truth about what went wrong.

Plane Crash Case Results by Kevin Coluccio

John Doe v. Aircraft carburetor manufacturer
$3,225,000

On an afternoon training flight, two men were seriously injured when their plane flying lost power and crashed to the ground.

They survived the crash, but both of them suffered spinal cord injuries.

Kevin Coluccio represented one of the men, now a paraplegic, from the plane crash.

Through detailed discovery, attorneys and investigators were able to establish facts and evidence which resulted in the manufacturer agreeing to settle the claim.

Coluccio’s client was able to return to employment, and is active in bicycling with a specially equipped paraplegic bicycle. The settlement provides for his necessary medical treatment, and for home and vehicle modifications.

Estate of Doe v. Corporation
Confidential result

A Washington school teacher who taught students about the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula for many years wanted to see and experience the ruins herself. After arriving in port on a Caribbean Cruise, she signed up for a shore side excursion flight to Chichen Itza.

After visiting the ruins with several other tourists, the twin turbo engines of the plane in which they were passengers failed. The plane crashed to the ground.

All those aboard the plane were killed.

The Mexican authorities decided  “pilot error” was the cause, due to the failure to respond to the loss of engine power.  There was also a history of failed maintenance issues discovered.

Kevin Coluccio was able to establish that both the cruise company and the tour company knew –  or should have known  – that the air charter company had an unsafe history.  Cruise passengers should not have been booked on flights with a company that was known to have these problems.