Recent Developments in Airline Disaster Law

TWA 800, Swissair 111, EgyptAir 990: three international airline flights that crashed into the ocean after departing New York's JFK airport, killing all aboard. All three are (or soon will be) the focus of massive litigation by survivors of the crash victims. The rights of those survivors to recover damages from the airlines are limited by a veritable thicket of legal obstacles: the Warsaw Convention, the Death On The High Seas Act, the Foreign Sovereignty Immunities Act, various state and federal laws, and intercarrier agreements. The EA990 survivors face extraordinary legal challenges from a seemingly unimaginable "possible cause" now being investigated. AVweb's aviation law editor Phil Kolczynski reviews the relevant laws (including some major recent changes in those laws), and then looks at some of the unique legal issues that may bear on the litigation arising out of the EgyptAir crash.

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