Commercial aviation accidents are amongst the most tragic and high profile of
all modern disasters. Recent crashes in Grammatiko, Greece and western Venezuela
are stark reminders of the ever-present dangers that accompany air travel. On
August 16, 2005, more than 150 passengers and 8 crewmembers were killed when an
airliner crashed over a remote area of Venezuela. The accident arose after
pilots aboard the plane reported mechanical problems in both engines. Just two
days earlier, a Greek airliner also crashed due to technical difficulties.
That accident left more than one hundred passengers dead, including more than
forty children. When crashes occur, lawsuits often arise where the negligence of
others appears to be a contributing cause of the accident. The litigation
surrounding airplane crashes is often complex and unique.