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Aviation Disasters


Aircraft accidents (commercial or private, fixed-wing or helicopter) are often catastrophic. Improper maintenance, air traffic control errors, aircraft design defects and pilot errors can all lead to tragic disasters, often resulting in devastating injuries and loss of life. The practice of aviation law is extremely challenging and complex. Aviation cases not only involve state and federal laws, conflicts of law and complex jurisdictional issues; they are also sometimes governed by admiralty law, international conventions and federal aviation regulations. In this area of the law, experience is the key to success. A comprehensive understanding of aircraft operation, engineering, aerodynamics, physics and mechanics is also crucial.

The attorneys at Pangia Law Group have a long track record representing the victims of aviation disasters and their families. We have the experience, skills and resources to successfully handle these complex cases. Our firm’s founder Michael J. Pangia, who is an airline transport-rated pilot and certificated airframe and power plant mechanic, has the qualifications and credentials to understand and effectively manage all types of aviation accident cases, from major air disasters to general aviation cases. As the former chief trial lawyer for the Federal Aviation Administration and a recipient of the Attorney General’s award for outstanding achievement in the development of aviation law, Mike is nationally recognized as an expert in aviation law and safety. He oversees the aviation practice in Washington, D.C., representing victims and families in major air crash trials across the nation. Joseph L. Anderson, another pilot member of the firm, has substantial aviation litigation and trial experience and works closely with Mike on these complex cases. Douglas Desjardins, another member, has likewise litigated dozens of litigation matters to successful conclusions.  In short, the Pangia Law Group has the experience, compassion, perseverance and determination to win complex aviation disasters—including commercial airline crashes, private fixed-wing accidents, and helicopter incidents (including both Robinson and Bell Textron craft). The Pangia Law Group is available for referral and consultation in aviation matters throughout the United States.  


Please contact us for more information on our aviation practice.

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