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Personal Injuries from Aviation Incidents: Navigating FAA Regs, NTSB Investigations, Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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This CLE webinar will discuss litigating personal injury claims arising in domestic commercial and general aviation accident cases. The panel will review theories of liability, defenses, discovery strategies, and the complexities involved with litigating and settling claims, as well as offer legal and practical considerations when bringing or defending aviation claims.


Investigating and litigating an aviation incident is complex and challenging. There are many different types of incidents, such as crashes, runway misses or skids, unruly passengers, turbulence, or contact with structures on the ground. Causes often overlap and combine to cause an accident and investigations can take months.

Claims typically sound in negligence or products liability in the operation, maintenance, or manufacture of the aircraft or its parts. Potential defendants include airlines, owners and operators of private aircraft, pilots, passengers, manufacturers, ground crew, maintenance crews, and a host of others. Attorneys must know how the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) investigates and determines causes, understand FAA regulations and related aviation statutes, including the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and laws relating to unruly passengers, and be well-versed in preemption.

Aviation companies and parts manufacturers can present complex jurisdictional and choice of law problems. Federal agency involvement creates unique evidence preservation and spoliation issues. Special defenses may apply.

Listen as this panel of practitioners with experience litigating aviation incidents for both plaintiffs and defendants examines the aspects of these cases that make them unique. The program will outline theories of liability, discovery considerations, and practical strategies for pursuing or defending claims.



  1. Investigation
  2. Choice of forum, law
  3. Theories of liability
  4. Defenses
  5. Discovery
  6. Insurance
  7. Settlement


The panel will review these and other key considerations:

  • How are airliner accidents different from private aircraft accidents?
  • Can NTSB findings be discovered, used, or challenged in court?
  • What is the role of insurance in aviation accidents?
  • When is state law preempted in aviation litigation?


Howard, Marc
Marc Howard

Pope & Howard

Mr. Howard is a trial lawyer with over 30 years’ experience handling complex personal injury and wrongful death...  |  Read More

Katin-Borland, Evan
Evan Katin-Borland


Mr. Katin-Borland joined Kreindler as an associate in January 2012. He currently works on a variety of cases in state...  |  Read More

Montanari, Garry
Garry L. Montanari

Michaelis Montanari & Johnson

Mr. Montanari has been involved in all types of aviation and products liability cases from helicopters to helmets,...  |  Read More

Park, Arthur
Arthur J. Park

Mozley Finlayson & Loggins

Mr. Park practices in the areas of aviation litigation, subrogation, civil litigation, and insurance coverage. He has...  |  Read More

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