Aircraft Accidents

Indoor Helicopter Recalled for fire hazard

4 April 2013

helicopterrecallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of about 152,000 “Sky Champion” Wireless Indoor Helicopters due to a fire hazard. The rechargeable battery can ignite, potentially causing the entire copter to become engulfed in flames.

The “Sky Champion” indoor helicopter comes with a transmitter that controls and recharges the helicopter. It is made of foam and plastic and measures about 7″ by 3″. The transmitter measures about 6″ by 4″. You will find “”BH26047” printed on the tail of the recalled helicopters and “WIC 551777” and the UPC code 630990006005 printed on the packaging.

The helicopters were made in China and imported by Tradewinds International Enterprises Inc., of San Francisco, California. They were sold exclusively at Walgreen’s stores nationwide from June 2007 through November 2007 for about $20.

If you or a family member have suffered significant burn injuries as the result of a dangerous toy or other defective product please contact one of our personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

Police Identify Two Killed in N.H. Plane Crash on I-93

26 October 2012

On Thursday, October 25, there was a small private plane crash along Interstate-93 in Hooksett, New Hampshire at approximately 1:10p.m. The plane hit a light post and then it dropped onto the busy interstate. The two passengers, a couple that owned the plane, were killed in this tragic incident. Authorities identified the couple – Herman Hassinger, 83, and his wife, Doris, 83, of Block Island, Rhode Island. Herman Hassinger was thrown out into the woods about 20 to 30 yards from the plane’s fuselage, while Doris Hassinger was found inside the crashed plane.

“The plane was flying in a southerly direction, struck a light pole adjacent to the interstate, essentially causing the plane to nose dive,” New Hampshire police said.

Although we hope of course that we and our loved ones will not be involved in any incidents while on a plane or near a plane crash site, siyeincidents due to a plane crash, it is important to understand your rights should such an accident occur. The first step is knowing whether or not you even have grounds to file a claim for your injuries. The facts of each individual case can be quite complex, requiring sifting through accident reconstructions; police, NTSB and other federal agency investigations and reports; and insurance policies, among other inquiries. The accident scene should be investigated, coordinated (when necessary) with a proper team of professionals and experts, examining all evidence.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a plane crash accident, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death as the result of negligence, please contact one of our personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

Defective Airplane Seat Alleged To Cause Crash

4 June 2012

Between 1960 and 1995, an aircraft manufacturer designed and sold fixed-wing aircraft. These seats were designed with steel pins that inserted into the aluminum rails to allow for seat adjustment. However, allegations surfaced that the combination of aluminum and steel together caused the rails to wear, resulting in the pilot seat slipping. As a result, several accidents were reported, including fatalities, which occurred over a 20-year period. The Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board have investigated these incidents.

The manufacturer in these instances claimed that there was no defect, refusing to acknowledge any responsibility. Swartz & Swartz, P.C. successfully represented two victims of such a defect, fighting a long battle for justice culminating in a jury trial in Massachusetts seeking compensatory damages. Negotiations with the manufacturer after weeks of testimony led to a gross settlement totaling $1.7 million. See the news reports at:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120312/NEWS/203120306

http://www.mvgazette.com/article.php?34389

The law firm of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has successfully represented victims of hazardous products. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, call our law office at (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also reach us by email at attorney@swartzlaw.com.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink