Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has successfully litigated thousands of commercial, corporate, military and general aviation accident cases including, including actions against virtually every major domestic and international airline; the large aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus; and many of the manufacturers of components and instruments used aboard commercial jets. The firm's work has been instrumental in promoting aviation safety and we have repeatedly won precedent-setting cases and secured record damage recoveries for our clients.
The following is a partial list of the major aviation disasters in which Kreindler has represented passengers and their families.
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since March 8, 2014
Asiana Airlines Flight 214, San Francisco, California, July 2013
Caribbean Airlines Flight 523, Georgetown, Guyana, July 2011
Turkish Airlines Flight TK1951, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 2009
Colgan Flight 3407, Buffalo, New York, February 2009
Continental Connection Colgan Flight 3407, Buffalo, NY Feb 2009
Kreindler successfully litigated claims arising from the February 12, 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York. The Continental Connection Flight 3407 disaster exposed serious safety problems associated with regional airlines' operations and we are honored to represent the Flight 3407 families who have made improving aviation safety their primary goal. The Kreindler 3407 team included Justin Green, Dan Rose, Marc Moller, Noah Kushlefsky and Jim Kreindler. The court appointed Jim Kreindler chair of the committee of plaintiffs' lawyers prosecuting the case. The court appointed Justin Green and Dan Rose among the lead attorneys representing the plaintiffs.
Continental Airlines Flight 1404, Denver, Colorado, December 2008
Spanair Flight 5022, Gran Canaria, Spain, August 2008
Tam Airlines Flight 3054, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2007
Garuda Indonesia Airlines Flight 200, Indonesia, March 2007
Gol Airlines Flight 1907, Brazil, October 2006
Comair Flight 191, (Delta Connection Flight 5191) Lexington, KY Aug 2006
In the early morning of August 27, 2006, the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 100ER that was being used for the flight crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, four miles (6 kilometers) west of the central business district of the City of Lexington. Kreindler played a leading role in the litigation arising from the disaster and successfully obtained a very favorable result for the firm's client. The Kreindler team on the case included Marc Moller and Dan Rose.
Alaska Airlines Flight 536, California, December 2005
American Connection BA-Jetstream 32, Flight 5966, Kirksville, Missouri, 2004
US Airways BE-1900, Flight 5481, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2003
American Airlines A-300, Flight 587, Queens, New York, 2001
American Airlines A-300, Flight 587, Queens, NY Nov 2001
Our firm was honored to be appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee by the Court to prosecute the claims on behalf of the families of victims from the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587.
Steven Pounian was appointed Chairman of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee and Robert Spragg served as Liaison Counsel. They, along with Dan Rose, successfully prosecuted all claims against American Airlines and Airbus over the past 7 years resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for the families. This summer the last passenger case was successfully completed.
September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Singapore Airlines B-747, Flight 006, Taipei, Taiwan, 2000
Alaska Airlines MD-80, Flight 261, near Point Mugu, California, 2000
Egyptair B-767, Flight 990, Atlantic Ocean, 1999
American Airlines MD-80, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1999
Swissair MD-11, Flight 111, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1998
Silk Air B-737, Flight 185, Palembang, Indonesia, 1997
Korean Air Lines B-747, Flight 801, Agana, Guam, 1997
Comair EMB-120RT, Flight 3272, Monroe, Michigan, 1997
United Express BE-1900, Flight 5925, Quincy, Illinois, 1996
TWA B-747, Flight 800, off Long Island, New York, 1996
TWA B-747, Flight 800, off Long Island, NY July 1996
Kreindler represented the largest group of families of passengers killed in the July 1996 TWA Flight 800 disaster off Long Island, New York. At the outset, many believed that a bomb or missile caused the crash. But based on our own intensive hands-on investigation, including the examination of several 747 aircraft in the California desert, Kreindler quickly determined that the likely cause of the disaster was a mechanical malfunction leading to an explosion in the center fuel cell. Armed with this knowledge, we filed the first suit in October 1996 against the airline and manufacturer. Three of the firm's partners were appointed by the court to the Plaintiffs' Committee, including the post of Committee Chairman.
Air Force CT-43A (civilian B-737), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1996
Birgenair B-757, Flight 301, off Dominican Republic, 1996
ValuJet DC-9, Flight 592, Everglades, Florida, 1996
Delta Airlines MD-88, Flight 1288, Pensacola, Florida, 1996
American Airlines B-757, Flight 965, near Cali, Colombia, 1995
Tower Air B-747, Flight 41, Jamaica, New York, 1995
American Eagle BA-3201, Flight 3379, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1994
American Eagle ATR-72, Flight 4184, Roselawn, Indiana, 1994
USAir B-737, Flight 427, Alquippa, Pennsylvania, 1994
USAir DC-9, Flight 1016, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994
Aeroflot A-310, Flight 593, Siberia, Russia, 1994
El Al B-747, Cargo Flight, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992
USAir F-100, Flight 405, LaGuardia Airport, New York, 1992
USAir B-737, Flight 1473, Los Angeles, California, 1991
Northwest DC-9, Flight 1482, Detroit, Michigan, 1990
Avianca B-707, Flight 52, Cove Neck, Long Island, 1990
Avianca B-707, Flight 52, Cove Neck, Long Island, NY Jan 1991
We represented the largest group of injury victims and families of passengers killed aboard an airliner which ran out of fuel and crashed in New York in 1991. Faced with the prospect of limited liability of the airline, Kreindler developed a negligence claim against the United States air traffic controllers who handled the aircraft. We painstakingly prepared a video recreation of the flight which placed in sharp focus the controllers' errors. After one week of trial the government agreed to a settlement which assured a complete damage recovery for all plaintiffs, even those who could not maintain their actions against the airline in the United States.
USAir B-737, Flight 5050, LaGuardia Airport, New York, 1989
United Airlines DC-10, Flight 232, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
UTA DC-10, Flight 772, Sahara Desert, Niger, 1989
United Airlines B-747, Flight 811, off Hawaii, 1988
Pan American B-747, Flight 103, Lockerbie, Scotland, 1988
Pan American B-747, Flight 103, Lockerbie, Scotland Dec 1988
Kreindler represented the largest number of families of passengers killed in the December 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The case required an investigation spanning seven different countries. Three of the firm's partners took leading roles in exhaustive international discovery, and thereafter on the trial, and won a verdict of willful misconduct against the airline. Two of the first three damage cases we tried resulted in verdicts which set new worldwide records for recovery. We briefed, argued and defeated the airline's appeals. Our seven-year work effort resulted in the largest total recovery for a single disaster in the history of aviation. Kreindler continues to pursue claims on behalf of the families against the Libyan government.
Northwest Airlines DC-9, Flight 255, Detroit, Michigan, 1987
Continental Airlines DC-9, Flight 1713, Denver, Colorado, 1987
LOT Polish Airlines IL-62M, Flight 5055, Warsaw, Poland, 1987
PSA BAE-146, Flight 1771, San Luis Obispo, California, 1987
Pan American B-747, Flight 73, Karachi, Pakistan, 1986
TWA B-727, Flight 840, Beirut, Lebanon, 1985
Arrow Air DC-8, military charter, Gander, Newfoundland, 1985
Delta Airlines L-1011, Flight 191, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, 1985
Eastern Airlines B-727, Flight 980, La Paz, Bolivia, 1985
Korean Airlines B-747, Flight 007, Sea of Japan, 1983
When a Korean Airlines 747 was shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983, many believed there was no way to prove that the airline had committed "willful misconduct," the standard necessary to recover full damages. Two of the firm's attorneys were appointed to the Committee that tried the case. We meticulously detailed the series of errors made by the pilots during the flight, won a verdict of willful misconduct against the airline and successfully defended the verdict on appeal.
World Airways DC-10, Flight 30, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982
Air Florida B-737, Flight 90, Washington, D.C., 1982
Spantax Airlines, DC-10, Flight 995, Malaga, Spain, 1982
LOT Polish Airlines IL-62M, Flight 7, Warsaw, Poland, 1980
American Airlines DC-10, Flight 191, Chicago, Illinois, 1978
Pan American B-747, KLM B-747, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 1977
Southern Airways DC-9, Flight 242, New Hope, Georgia, 1977
Eastern Airlines B-727, Flight 73, Queens, New York, 1975