Severe Turbulence Injures 19 over Long Island on American Airlines Flight 759

Posted:5 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely monitoring the events surrounding an incident of extreme turbulence aboard an international flight passing over Long Island, NY. On August 5th, an American Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration number N276AY, encountered a pocket of severe turbulence, leading to the injury of 10 passengers and 9 crew members. The commercial jetliner, performing Flight AA-759 with service from Athens, Greece, to Philadelphia, PA, had already begun its descent into Philadelphia International Airport when the emergency occurred. The local time was 2:35 p.m.

According to passengers, the flight attendants were in the midst of beverage service when the plane dropped, as if in free fall.

“Thirty minutes out. They were giving us our drinks. The flight attendants were in the last couple rows when they said, ‘fasten your seat belts,’” said passenger Ian Smith to ABC 6 News of Philadelphia.

“And then they said for the flight attendants to get to their seats, and they didn't even have time. It started shaking, then it took a big drop. Babies screaming, people in front of us hitting the ceiling.”

"I was looking forward and I just saw everything just move upward about 4 feet," passenger Alex Ehmke told reporters for NBC News. "So, I saw drinks, you know, flying up against walls and up on the ceiling.

The turbulence lasted 15 harrowing seconds. As the plane leveled out, the drinks came down, drenching the passengers. At least one flight attendant appeared to have dislocated his shoulder. 

The airliner landed safely at 3:12 p.m., 33 minutes ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 3:45 p.m. Of the 299 people onboard, 3 passengers and 7 crew members were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

“American Airlines flight 759 from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia International Airport briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing safely in Philadelphia,” read a statement released by the airline. “The seat belt sign was on at the time. Three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. We are taking care of our passengers and our crew members at this time and want to thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe.”

On August 6th, the US Aviation Weather Service reported that “an A333 pilot” had radioed in a case of “moderate to severe” turbulence the previous day, an estimated 70 nautical miles east of JFK Airport on Long Island at Flight Level 280.

On August 14th, the Federal Aviation Administration released an updated report stating that one crew member had received serious injuries, while 8 additional crew members and 10 passengers had sustained injuries of unknown severity.

New York aviation attorney Abe Bohrer recently commented on the importance of seeking proper legal counsel in cases of turbulence: “I often see injured airline passengers contact the airline on their own after a turbulence event and attempt to secure compensation without experienced aviation counsel. The airlines typically respond by telling the passenger, and sometimes a non-aviation lawyer, that the injuries were caused by clear air turbulence, and as such they are not responsible. In doing so, these same passengers typically give away information and facts to the airline that are damaging to their case. It is imperative that you have counsel who knows and understands the law. Do not try to contact the airline and negotiate a settlement on your own.”

The airline accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow the events surrounding the American Airlines Flight 759 emergency and will update its website with any new information as it is released.

Bohrer & Lukeman has represented passengers injured during the course of in-flight turbulence for over 20 years. The New York-based firm has successfully brought and won cases against many of the major airlines and are recognized worldwide for Magan vs. Lufthansa, in which the aviation accident law firm fought for and won a landmark ruling for airline passengers injured by turbulence. Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow cases of injury and/or wrongful death related to turbulence and all other causes involved in aviation accidents. Bohrer & Lukeman has successfully represented victims and their families in general and commercial plane accidents and crashes both domestically and internationally for over 25 years.

American Airlines Passenger Falls Unconscious in Bathroom Mid-Flight, Fails to Resuscitate

Posted:5 years ago
Categories: plane crash

In a scenario that has become all too familiar to our firm, the flight injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events surrounding a tragedy aboard American Airlines Flight 2423. On Monday, June 12th, medical workers discovered an unresponsive female passenger in a rear bathroom of the 737 commercial airliner. Despite resuscitation efforts, the passenger was later pronounced dead. The airplane accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the events surrounding this harrowing mid-air episode. 

Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, was partially undressed and fully unconscious when medical workers pulled her from the bathroom. According to American Airlines, a “team of flight attendants, a doctor, three nurses and other folks tended to [the] passenger before the flight landed.”

The flight, which held 146 passengers and six crewmembers, was en route to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport from Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas. Upon landing, a team of EMTs from Allina Health and the airport boarded the plane and moved the passenger to the jet bridge.

Resuscitation efforts continued for one hour as the other passengers remained on the plane, at which point Hines was pronounced dead.

A tarp was put up to shield her as the passengers exited the jetway.

“We are deeply saddened by this event and our thoughts and prayers go out to our passenger’s loved ones,” said American Airlines in an official statement.

Aviation accident lawyer Abe Bohrer, who has lectured to other aviation attorneys on how to handle an in flight medical emergency case, had a different reaction. “In-flight medical emergencies have become an all too common occurrence and the airlines are often ill equipped to respond and typically mishandle them. When you get on that plane, you are at their mercy, and if you get sick, you’d better pray hard that either someone is paying attention and is willing to stand up and help. It is extremely rare for the pilot to decide that the passenger is ill enough to warrant diverting the flight.”

Bohrer continued, “just last year we handled a case on behalf of a woman who became visibly and violently ill on a long transcontinental flight. The flight attendants did just about nothing for her over the course of several hours, and ultimately she died from her illness. It was an awful tragedy and an absolute trauma for her husband who pleaded with the flight crew for help. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Hines family.”

The airplane accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to monitor the events surrounding the events surrounding Ms. Hines’ death aboard Flight 2423.

Bohrer & Lukeman is an airplane accident and injury law firm with years of experience representing those injured or killed in general and commercial aviation accidents. The New York-based aviation law firm’s founder, Abe Bohrer, has successfully represented victims and their families in general and commercial plane crashes both domestically and internationally for over 25 years.

Passengers Ignored as United Airlines Flight Leaks Fuel Prior to Takeoff

Posted:5 years ago
Categories: plane crash

Things just seem to keep getting worse for United. A day after being sued for shoving an elderly passenger to the ground,  Aviation attorneys Bohrer & Lukeman were shocked to learn that a United Airlines nearly took off with jet fuel pouring from its wing!

On Tuesday, June 13th, newlyweds Mike and Rachel Brumfield were onboard United Airlines Flight 170, a Boeing 767-300 headed to Venice Italy when they noticed jet fuel streaming from the left wing. The Brumfields fought to alert the crew, only gaining their attention in the last minutes before takeoff.

“I’m sitting looking out window at the wings, and all of a sudden fuel started shooting out of the wing really, really hard,” said Mrs. Brumfield, 28. “It was huge — it looked like a fire hose.”

After convincing the oblivious crew there was an emergency, the plane returned to its gate and the flight was cancelled.

While initially given a warm reception by the airline staff, during which crew members gave the couple free champagne and invited them to show the footage they had taken of the leak to the pilots, the Brumfields claim that United later “wanted nothing to do” with the honeymooners.

After securing the couple another flight to Venice on Delta Airlines, departing from JFK International Airport on Wednesday night, the airline gave the couple vouchers for food but not for accommodations. The newlyweds ultimately slept on the floor of baggage claim until 7:30 a.m., when another passenger gave them a hotel voucher they had received.

The couple also alleged that the airline asked them to “go easy” on reporting the incident on social media.

“I will never fly United again,” said Mrs. Brumfield. “Every person there was awful.”

“While taxiing to the runway yesterday evening, United flight 170 travelling from Newark to Venice, Italy returned to the gate due to a fuel leak, and was later cancelled. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience. Our team helped provide customers with hotel accommodations for the night and are working to get them back on their way to Venice today,” said spokesman Jonathan Guerin in a prepared statement on Wednesday.

Aviation accident lawyers Bohrer & Lukeman has a long history of bringing aviation lawsuits against United Airlines and will continue to monitor this jet fuel leak. The New York-based law firm has years of experience representing those injured or killed in general and commercial aviation incidents. Abe Bohrer, the firm’s founder, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally.

Air Ambulance Crash Kills 3 in Amarillo, Texas

Posted:5 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events surrounding the crash of a Rico Aviation air ambulance in Amarillo, Texas. On Saturday, April 29th, a single-engine Pilatus PC-12 turboprop airplane, registered N933DC, was due to transport a medical passenger from Amarillo to Clovis, New Mexico, when it crashed shortly after take-off. Three members of the crew were killed in the accident. The plane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following this general aviation airplane crash.

“Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night,” stated the medical aviation company on their Facebook page Sunday. “We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families.”

The Amarillo Police Department has released the names of the victims as of Monday evening. They have been identified as Robin Shaw and flight nurses Misty Nicholson and Scott Riola.

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident at 12:30 a.m. early Saturday. The plane wrecked two miles from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, near the railroad tracks by Pullman Road and SE Third Avenue.

Weather conditions were recorded at 12:53 a.m. with wind blowing at 23 mph and gusts up to 31 mph. There was light rain. Visibility was approximately 10 miles, according to meteorologist Trent Hoffeditz of the National Weather Service. Conditions were similar when measured an hour before.

Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Association have been onsite since Saturday afternoon. Joshua Lindberg, Investigator in Charge for the NTSB, stated that his team will be on the scene for 4 days in order to gather all information and recover the wreckage. The NTSB will transport the pieces to an undisclosed location for closer examination and will release a preliminary report in one week.

Rico Aviation transports critical patients around the country, with a primary focus on the Southwest region. It celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 16th.

“The crashes of air ambulances has become a matter of significant concern,” stated aviation attorney Abe Bohrer. “We have seen an epidemic of these crashes around the United States over the last several years. All aspect of the manner in which these aircraft operate should come under greater federal scrutiny,” stated Bohrer from his New York office. “We are seeing the loss of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft resulting from everything to poor weather, inadequate training and negligent maintenance. Yes, these brave folks provide a valuable and often heroic service to many citizens, but at a very high cost of lives. We need to reassess the missions they are flying and whether management is putting these flight crews into dangerous situations.”

The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to track the events surrounding the Amarillo air ambulance crash and will update its website with any information as it is released. The New York-based law firm has years of experience representing those injured or killed in general and commercial aviation incidents. Abe Bohrer, the firm’s founder, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally.

Commercial Airliner Causes Business Jet to Flip in Harrowing Mid-Air Ordeal

Posted:6 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events surrounding a chilling affair involving a commercial airliner and a business jet. On January 7th, an Emirates Airbus A380-800 jetliner was en route to Sydney from Dubai when a Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet, operated by German carrier MHS Aviation, passed 1,000 feet underneath it. The wake turbulence created by the A380 caused the smaller aircraft to flip and roll before plummeting 10,000 feet. The airplane accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are investigating the shocking incident.

According to the Aviation Herald, the Emirates jetliner, “most likely” registration number A6-EUL, was cruising at 35,000 feet above the Arabian Sea at the time of the occurrence, roughly 820 nautical miles northwest of the Maldives. The business jet, transporting 9 occupants from the Maldives to Abu Dhabi, was headed in the opposite direction as it passed underneath the commercial aircraft. One minute later, the wake turbulence created by the larger airplane reached the smaller craft, causing it to flip and roll 3-5 times before dropping 10,000 feet. The time was 8:40 a.m.

As the pilots wrestled to regain control of the jet, the passengers were tossed to and fro in the cabin, resulting in the serious injury of at least one occupant. Both engines flamed out and the Ram Air Turbine system shut down, resulting in further complications. It was only through “raw muscle force” that the pilots were able to level out the jet at 24,000 feet and restart the engines. 

Due to the damage caused to the airframe by the extreme level of G-force, as well as the physical trauma of those on-board, the Challenger 604 made an emergency landing in the Muscat airport in Oman, 630 nautical miles northwest of their location. Several occupants were rushed to the hospital.

The jet was determined to have suffered irreparable damage and has been taken out of service.

The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) is leading the investigation into the details of the accident, as the flight was over international waters and the jet was registered to a German firm. A preliminary report is expected to be released in mid-March.

The Emirates A380 reached Sydney without issue.

The A380 jetliner has been involved in several wake turbulence incidents in the past decade, including near Tiblisi in 2009; Frankfurt and Bruanschweig in 2011; and Bali in 2012. According to the Aviation Herald, Air Traffic Control around the world has been instructed to exercise particular caution directing any air traffic crossing pathways with an A380 aircraft.

The plane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are following the developments regarding the Emirates wake turbulence accident and will report any new information as it is released on its website.

Bohrer & Lukeman is a New York-based airplane crash law firm with over 25 years of experience representing those that have been injured or killed in general aviation and commercial airline accidents. Abe Bohrer, the firm’s founder, has successfully represented clients domestically and internationally.


Posted:6 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely monitoring the events surrounding the crash of a small private aircraft into a California home  on Monday, February 27. The 1974 Cessna T310Q, tail number N1246G light aircraft, registered to Nouri Hijazi of San Jose, CA struck a residence in Riverside, California, killing three onboard and injuring two others. The crash caused a fire that spread to multiple houses in the neighborhood. According to authorities, it was not immediately clear what caused the plane to go down.

The twin-engine airplane departed from Riverside Municipal Airport shortly before 4:41 p.m., the time of the crash. Its 5 passengers were returning to San Jose in Northern California after attending a cheerleading event at Disneyland in Anaheim. The 3 killed were identified late Wednesday night by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as owner/pilot Nouri Hijazi, 83, Dana Hijazi, 67, and Adine Farelas, 22.

According to local Fire Chief Michael Moore, the plane split open after colliding with two homes located on the 6000 block of Rhonda Road. The two survivors, Stacy Joanne Pierce and Silvia Farelas, were found in critical condition inside the second house, which was otherwise unoccupied. They were taken to the Riverside Community Hospital and the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, respectively. There were no victims apart from those inside the Cessna 310 airplane at the time of the accident.

"It's horrible, coupled together that they were going to a cheer competition," said Moore. "This is supposedly a happy time and then just to have a tragic incident like this, and into one of these Riverside residences, it's really a sad case for us."

According to witnesses, the pilot reportedly tried and failed to start the engines twice prior to takeoff, and then others said the aircraft seemed to rock back and forth as it rolled down the runway. The airplane had a full tank of fuel, compounding the effects of the resulting blaze. Firefighters responded to the emergency, which resulted in residents from 20 homes in the area being evacuated to a shelter.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both onsite to investigate the crash. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor stated that the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances.” 

The airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow the events surrounding the Riverside general aviation plane crash and will update its website with any new information as it becomes available.

Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation accident law firm with years of experience representing those injured or killed in general and commercial airplane accidents. Abe Bohrer, founder of the New York-based law firm, has successfully represented victims and their families in general and commercial plane crashes both domestically and internationally for over 25 years.


Posted:6 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The airplane accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring three separate airplane crashes in each of which, the pilot of the general aviation aircraft fortunately survived. Between Saturday, February 4th, and Monday, February 6th, private airplanes crashed in Warren County, Mississippi, Fort Washington, Maryland, and Burke County, North Carolina. In each case, the pilot suffered non-permanent injuries. The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are following the events surrounding these incidents. 

On Saturday, February 4th, a small airplane crashed near the Mississippi River in Warren County, Mississippi. Pilot Howard Jennings, 59, of Utica, flew alone from a private landing strip to the river early Saturday afternoon. His family lost contact with him around 1 p.m., later notifying the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department around 7 p.m.

A search party dispatched Sunday morning found Jennings near his plane, a single-engine Piper Sandcub, which was upside-down in the Mississippi River. Accorded to the Federal Aviation Administration, Jennings was suffering from dehydration and hypothermia. He was flown to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg, MS. The FAA is investigating the details of the crash.

In an unrelated incident on Monday, February 6th, a single-engine Piper PA-32R-301 suffered a “hard landing” near Potomac Air Field in Fort Washington, Maryland.

After receiving a 911 call from pilot Gerald Kempen, 64, the Prince George Fire Department dispatched a crew of emergency responders to the crash site. Mark Brady, spokesman for the department, tweeted at 11:52 a.m. that they had discovered the “walking wounded pilot” in the vicinity. 

Kempen was disoriented and suffering short-term memory loss. He was taken to the local trauma center to recover.

State and federal authorities are investigating the crash. There were no signs of fire or hazardous materials related to the event. 

In another incident Monday, a super-modified Beechcraft T-6 airplane crashed in Burke County, North Carolina. John Shell Sr., 84, was piloting the single-engine turboprop aircraft when it encountered mechanical issues around 5 p.m. leading to its crash. The plane burst into flames along Jamestown Road in Morganton, near Silver Creek Airport.

Bystanders who witnessed the crash dragged Shell from the wreckage.

"I heard it sputtering out of control,” said Tyler Woodard, one of the bystanders. “I immediately took off running and I didn't think nothing else about it, and me and another gentleman dragged him out."

Shell was found walking around the crash site, but does not have memory of the incident, according to his son. He was taken to the Morganton hospital for examination. 

As of Tuesday morning, FAA investigators are on location investigating the cause of the crash.

The plane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to monitor these three non-fatal general aviation crashes and report any new information on its website as it is released. Abe Bohrer, lawfirm founder, weighed in on the incredible good fortune of these three pilots. “These are three lucky guys,” Said aviation attorney Bohrer. “It is very unusual to have three such serious crashes and three pilots survive, which is most important. However, their survival tremendously helps investigators in their job of determining the causes of each airplane crash. These pilots can identify the location of important records such as logs and maintenance records, give first hand accounts of the events leading up to the crash, and ultimately help the NTSB and FAA make aviation safer.” 

Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation accident law firm based in New York with years of experience focusing on general aviation aircraft accidents. The law firm’s founder, Abe Bohrer, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally that were injured in aviation accidents. The aircraft crash law firm is knowledgeable in general and commercial aviation accidents.


Posted:6 years ago
Categories: plane crash

Airplane crash attorneys Bohrer & Lukeman are continuing to monitor the November 18 air ambulance crash in Elko, Nevada that left four dead. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report regarding the general aviation accident. According to the report, the Piper PA-31T "Cheyenne II" aircraft, registered N779MF, crashed and was destroyed upon impact with the ground following a “loss of control during initial climb” from the Elko Regional Airport at 1920 PST. The crash occurred .5 miles from the end of the departure runway. 

According to eyewitness testimony, the twin-engine emergency service airplane made a sudden left turn after takeoff. The air ambulance ceased to climb, followed by a steep descent into the parking lot of Barrick Gold Corp. The turbine-powered “Cheyenne II” exploded on impact, setting fire to several vehicles. A number of secondary explosions followed due to the combustion of compressed medical gas bottles that were onboard, the NTSB reported. The pilot, two medical staff, and patient suffered fatal injuries.

The American Med Flight emergency service aircraft was being operated as an “instrument flight rules (IFR) air transport medical flight” under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The Federal Aviation Administration flight plan was “filed but had not been activated.”

The routine weather report generated by Elko Regional Airport shortly before 1900 hours recorded clear skies with visibility up to 10 miles. Weather conditions do not appear to have been a factor in the crash. 

The preliminary report can be read here:

The NTSB is continuing its investigation into the causes of the crash which resulted in the wrongful death of its four occupants. The salvaged wreckage has been moved to a safe location for further examination; details about the plane’s engine and airframe are expected to be forthcoming.

The airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow this Elko general aviation accident as further developments emerge. The law firm, founded by Abram Bohrer, has offices in New York and New Jersey and over 25 years of experience focusing on the representation of people seriously injured and killed in aviation accidents and airplane crashes both domestically and internationally.

Aviation accident and airplane crash law firm Bohrer & Lukeman will update its website at with any further updates from the Elko medical transport crash.


Posted:6 years ago
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The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the crash of a chartered plane outside Medellin, Colombia on Monday, November 28th. The British Aerospace 146 was transporting a first division Brazilian soccer team when it crashed into a hillside, killing 75 of the 81 people onboard. Amazingly, there were six survivors. Sadly, one of the original survivors died at the hospital a short time later.


The cause of the crash is unknown and currently under investigation, according to civil aviation officials. The airplane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events surrounding this short-haul airliner accident.


The BAe 146 aircraft, also known as the Avro RJ85, was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medelin, Colombia at the time of the accident. The airplane was carrying the Chapecoense soccer team to a semifinal match against the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional as part of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana tournament.


Soccer fans in particular were shocked by the news, as the small-town Brazilian team had risen to prominence in recent years to become the unexpected frontrunners of the international athletic contest.



“It’s a Cinderella football story. They’ve only been in the top division in Brazil for the last couple of years,” said Keir Radnedge of World Soccer magazine on Tuesday. “The dream was over this morning.”


According to aviation authorities, six passengers survived the crash, including three players, two crewmembers and a journalist. Rescue workers pulled the survivors from the wreckage late Monday night. The other victims, including 7 crewmembers and 20 members of the media, were found dead on arrival.


Satellite images show that intermittent thunderstorms had moved across the area in the 12 hours previous to the crash. According to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy, turbulence caused by these storms likely affected the chartered airliner.


Investigators discovered the aircraft’s black boxes Tuesday afternoon, according to Colombia’s civil aviation authority. The two boxes, one that monitors and records all of the aircraft’s data, and the other, a cockpit voice recorder, will be taken to lab where technicians will attempt to download and review their contents. Once the data is in hand, the investigators will have a better picture as what caused this terrible tragedy.


The airplane crash attorneys at the Bohrer & Lukeman law firm will continue to monitor all developments associated with the investigation.  Attorney Abe Bohrer is familiar with the Avro, and has been involved with this type of aircraft in previous litigations. “It is a high wing design with four engines, two on each wing. It was built from 1983-2002 and was typically used in short haul and regional markets. It is was prevalent in Europe and the center of many regional carrier’s fleets” Stated Bohrer. He went on to comment..  “Look, there are a lot of these aircraft out there and still flying, so these authorities need to quickly determine the likely cause of this crash to see if this tragedy was caused by the maintenance or piloting of this individual aircraft, or due to a design flaw which would require a careful look at the entire fleet of these airplanes by their respective carriers and operators.”  


Bohrer & Lukeman is a New York-based aviation accident law firm with over 25 years of experience focused on commercial and general aviation and aircraft accidents. The aviation law firm’s founder, Abe Bohrer, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally that were injured in aviation accidents.


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Posted:6 years ago
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The aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the crash of a fixed wing air ambulance in Elko, Nevada on Friday, November 18. The emergency service aircraft was carrying a heart disease patient to a hospital in Utah when it crashed in a parking lot, killing all four people onboard. The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the events surrounding this general aviation accident.


CNN affiliate KRNV reported that the Piper PA 31 twin engine aircraft had just taken off from Elko Regional Airport and was headed to Salt Lake City, Utah when it crashed in the parking lot of a mining company in Elko, Nevada. Allen Kenitzer of the FAA Office of Communications stated that the cause of the airplane crash was unknown at this time.


Lt. Rich Genseal of the Elko police claimed that the American Medflight air ambulance appears to have “experienced mechanical problems” shortly after take-off, causing it to lose altitude and crash.


Elko Fire Chief Matt Griego stated, “There was not a lot left of the aircraft.”



The twin-engine airplane caused multiple explosions when the crash occurred, killing its patient and three crewmembers. The Elko Police Department has identified the victims as patient Edward Clohesey, pilot Yuji Irie, and medical staff Jake Shepherd and Tiffany Urresti.


The explosions caused several vehicles to catch fire in the parking lot of the Barrick Gold Corp. mining company. According to the Elko Daily Free Press, the flames were visible from neighboring locations, including a senior housing complex, casino, and motel.


American Medflight released a statement late Friday night asking for patience with the investigation process and to honor the privacy of the family members and co-workers affected by the accident.


"We are cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration as they investigate the accident,” read the statement.


This is at least the third emergency air ambulance flight to result in a fatal crash since March, when a medical helicopter crashed in Coffee County, Alabama, killing all four passengers. In July, a Piper Cheyenne crashed in Northern California, killing three crew members and one patient.


Abram I. “Abe” Bohrer, an airplane crash lawyer at Bohrer & Lukeman, has closely followed the air ambulance industry and lamented about its safety record in the past. “Air ambulance crashes in this country are becoming all too common, said Bohrer. “These pilots log long hours, in poor weather conditions and challenging terrain. But more disturbingly, their management is pushing them to fly in conditions where the motivation is revenue. Whenever profit trumps air safety,  the outcome is devastating.”


The aviation accident attorneys at the Bohrer & Lukeman law firm will closely monitor any developments associated with the investigation by the NTSB and FAA.


The New York-based law firm has 25 years of experience in general aviation, airplane crash, and aircraft accident law. Firm founder Abe Bohrer is an aircraft accident lawyer with an extensive understanding of airplane crash litigation. He has successfully represented countless clients involved in airplane crashes and airplane accidents, domestically and internationally.


The aircraft crash law firm is knowledgeable in airplane, airline, and aviation accidents, as well as air ambulance incidents.


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Derailed Metro North Train Traveling at 82 MPH

Posted:9 years ago

The accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have been closely monitoring the events unfolding around yesterday's tragic Metro-North derailment and crash which claimed the lives of four passengers and injured scores of others. It was no surprise when the New York Times reported earlier today that the train was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour as it entered the curve. We are assuming that these findings are based on downloads from the train's blackbox which was retrieved shortly after the crash.

No conclusions have been drawn as of yet to determine whether the speed was due to a mechanical malfunction or human error. 

We will continue to provide updates as we are made aware of them and reiterate our prayers and condolences to the families of those lost and injured.


Federal Lawsuit Filed in Lufthansa Severe Turbulence Incident

Posted:9 years ago

The aviation accident and in-flight airline injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman have commenced a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Austrian Airlines and its parent company Lufthansa on behalf of a passenger who suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the aircraft's encounter with a significant weather system approximately 20 minutes after take-off. 

The turbulence event was reported in the media which documented the pilot's decision to fly directly into the weather system rather than seek a smoother route. The injured passenger, although seatbelted, struck her head against the side of the aircraft interior multiple times during the turbulence and suffered multiple injuries.

The lawsuit, commneced pursuant to the Montreal Convention governing international air travel seeks damages for the passenger's pain and suffering, lost wages and past and future medical expenses.

Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation and airline liability law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey that represents passengers and travelers injured on both international and domestic commercial airline flights throughout the United States and the world.

Bohrer & Lukeman Retained in United Flight 23 Severe Turbulence Incident

Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The aviation accident and airline injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman have been retained in connection with serious injuries suffered by a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 23 en route from Newark to Dublin on October 20th 2013. The severe turbulence incident was reported by various media outlets after the aircraft reportedly dropped several thousand feet while on approach to Dublin.

According to printed news accounts, "We hit a pretty bad downdraft and we have some passengers hurt so we need some ambulances to meet the flight," the pilot said to air traffic control after encountering the rough air, according to air traffic control audio. 

Later, the co-pilot added, "It might be as many as six or seven people so might need a couple of ambulances."

Bohrer & Lukeman has monitored this in flight accident since it occurred and is continuing our investigation into the cause of this in flight accident.

Vintage World War II Fighter Plane Crashes in Galveston Bay Killing Two

Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash

On October 23, 2013, a relic World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane crashed in Galveston Bay in Texas killing its pilot and only passenger. The crash was reported by a nearby boat captain, and authorities found the wreckage and bodies at a point in the bay where the water was only four feet deep. The passenger paid $2,000 to fly in the P-51 while visiting Texas from the United Kingdom with his wife for their 41st wedding anniversary. At the time of the crash, the pilot was not in communication with air-traffic controllers, according to an FAA spokesperson. The cause of the crash is still unknown. The aviation lawfirm of Bohrer & Lukeman continues to monitor details of the investigation.

Private Jet Crashes on Runway in Santa Monica

Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The airplane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are also monitoring the progress of the investigation into the September 29, 2013 crash of a twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed while landing at Santa Monica Airport in California killing all four of its passengers. Upon touching down, the jet veered off the runway and collided with a nearby hangar. Investigators initially suspected that worn out landing gear played a role in the crash, but the NTSB found no signs of unusual wear or tire problems upon a preliminary review. According to the NTSB, the jet’s pilot “did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing.” The family of one deceased passenger has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the pilot’s estate and the aircraft’s management company alleging that the pilot failed to maintain proper control over the plane, failed to undertake the necessary actions to achieve a safe flight, acted unreasonably in the landing of the plane, and failed to maintain the aircraft with proper repairs.

Two Air Ambulance Crashes, One Month Apart

Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash


On average, medical air transport crashes cause 10.5 fatalities per year in the United States, so two air ambulance crashes and five deaths in a four-week span is cause for alarm. The air ambulance and medical helicopter accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events unfolding regarding these two tragic air ambulance crashes.


The first of the two occurred October 22, 2013, when a medical helicopter en route to pick up a sick child crashed and burned in a wooded area in Somerville, Tennessee killing a pilot and two hospital workers. A National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) preliminary report noted that minutes before the crash, the pilot made an abrupt right turn to the south, which took the helicopter off its planned course. An NTSB final report is expected within nine months to a year. No lawsuits have been filed to date.


On November 19, 2013, an emergency medical transport Learjet en route to Mexico crashed one mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida just five minutes after takeoff. According to news sources, the pilot reportedly issued a May Day call and sought permission to return to the runway due to a “mechanical problem,” but the jet ultimately plunged into the ocean leaving no known survivors. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.


After thirteen medical helicopter crash fatalities occurred in the first few months of 2010, the NTSB held a public hearing and called on the FAA to develop new safety criteria and training programs for medical transport pilots. The board recommended introducing night-vision imaging instruments and mandatory systems that would alert pilots to terrain conditions. It is unclear how widely these recommendations have been implemented to date but our air ambulance crash lawyers continue to monitor the changes in the industry and support the call for renewed safety rules and oversight.

Bohrer & Lukeman Monitoring Recent Spike in Aviation Accidents

Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash

Aviation accidents have seen an unusual spike in volume in recent weeks, and aviation and airplane crash lawyers at the law firm Bohrer & Lukeman have been monitoring the details surrounding these events closely. Since late September 2013, there have been numerous fatal crashes, emergency landings, and close calls involving private jets, regional commuters, and helicopters. Such tragedies are all the more devastating when hindsight shows they could have been prevented. The aviation accident and airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer and Lukeman continue to promote aviation safety to protect the rights of airline passengers and air travelers not only in New York and New Jersey, but globally.


Posted:9 years ago
Categories: plane crash

Aviation lawfirm Bohrer & Lukeman is monitoring the events surrounding the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this past Saturday, July 6th. The rear of the Boeing 777 appeared to strike the seawall just short of the runway as it was on final approach. Reports streaming in from eyewitnesses and initial accounts suggest that the aircraft's speed and altitude were well below the minimum operational limits necessary to safely fly, control and land the aircraft. 

Early reports suggest that the aircraft's stick shaker was activated indicating a warning of the aircraft's potential to stall.

Airplane crash lawyers Bohrer & Lukeman, which has previously successfully litigated against Asiana Airlines, is closely following the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board as well as facts being reported by news media.

As aviation attorneys who frequently represent passengers in international airplane accidents, we are familiar with the Montreal Convention and the role that it will play in this air disaster. Attorneys seeking to represent clients in connection with the crash of Asiana flight 214 should be forewarned about the pitfalls of the Montreal Convention and the effect that it will have on potential claims of passengers.

We will continue to post updates to this blog as more information becomes available.






Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The airline and airplane accident injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have settled a lawsuit on behalf of a young child burned aboard an international airliner after the flight attendant placed a cup of scalding hot coffee on a defective tray that caused it to spill.

The lawsuit, which requires court approval due to the passenger's age, came as a relief to the child's parents, as they were spared having to testify in court and force their small child to show her burns to a jury.

The confidential settlement will provide an element of relief to the child for the ordeal that she went through.

The New York and New Jersey aviation accident lawyers and attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman continue to fight for the rights of injured airline passengers throughout the United States



Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

A Beechcraft Premier I twin engine jet crashed into a South Bend Indiana suburban neighborhood yesterday killing two and injuring two others aboard. The small corporate jet was headed from Tulsa Oklahoma to South Bend when the pilot reprted an electrical problem on final approach. According to witnesses, the pilot aborted the landing and circled around when he lost control of the aircraft which plummeted into a series of homes. 

The aircraft was reportedly owned by Wesley Caves of Tulsa Oklahome and piloted by Steven Davis, a former Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback, both of whol reportedly perishes in the crash. News reports two others seriously injured at a local hospital. 

In the coming weeks and months the NTSB will retrieve and store the wreckage, and conduct a series of inspections, tests and simulations to determine the cause of the fatal crash.

The aviation accident and injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are actively following this story and the investigation that will follow.


Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The Airplane and Airport Accident and Injury lawyers at flight have been retained by a passenger who had a scalding hot beverage poured onto her by a United Airlines flight attendant during an international flight.

The matter is currently under investigation and more details are to follow.


Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

Bohrer & Lukeman is pleased to announce that it has reached a confidential settlement on behalf of an American traveler who was seriously injured in a fall at the international airport in Dubai. The passenger, a man from New York slipped and fell on a wet floor outside of a maintenance closet and suffered serious injuries to his knee.  

The passenger originally consulted with other attorneys who told him that there was no jurisdiction over the airport operator in the United States and that a lawsuit could not be brought against them here. 

The injured passenger then contacted the airport and airplane accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman who explained to him that the Montreal Convention made it possible for him to bring his claim for injuries in the United States. His claim settled within months. 

If you or a loved one have been injured on an airplane or in an airport, call the airport and airplane accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman for a consultation today. There is no charge to speak to us and there is never a legal fee unless we recover money for you. 


Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The New York, New Jersey airplane and airport accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in New Jersey against ExpressJet on behalf of a child who was scalded by a hot beverage during the final leg of a transcontinental flight.   This action was brought pursuant to the Montreal Convention, an international treaty which regulates air carrier liability in the event of passenger injury.  The lawsuit alleges that the airline and its flight crew are liable for the accident which caused the child’s injuries and  seeks damages for the physical and psychological trauma suffered as a result.

Bohrer & Lukeman is a lawfirm of airplane, airline and airport accident and injury lawyers dedicated to the representation of passengers injured in airline, airplane and airport accidents throught the United States and internationally.


Posted:10 years ago
Categories: plane crash

The Manhattan aviation lawfirm of Bohrer & Lukeman has filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Brooklyn on behalf of a passenger injured in the 2011 crash landing of Caribbean Airliner in Guyana.  

The action entitled  Johnson v. Caribbean Airlines,  LTD was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on January 10, 2013.  It was consolidated into Multi District Litigation(MDL) entitled AIR CRASH AT GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, ON JULY 30, 2011
which has joined together other lawsuits filed around the country regarding this airline crash.

The lawsuit, brought pursuant to the Montreal Convention, alleges that the airline and its pilots were negligent in failing to properly land the airliner thus causing the crash. It  seeks damages for both physical and emotional injuries suffered by the passenger as a result of the crash landing of the Boeing 737 which overshot the runway in rain and poor visibility.

NY plane crash probe turns to plane, pilots, ice

Posted:13 years ago
Categories: plane crash


CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators finished gathering human remains at the site of last week's catastrophic plane crash outside Buffalo and turned their attention to analyzing the weather, data from the scene and black-box recorders, the crew and accounts from other pilots who flew nearby on the night of the accident.

One possible cause being examined is whether the pilot of Continental Connection Flight 3407 may have overreacted by pulling back on the plane's controls after an automatic safety system, sensing dangerously slow airspeed, tried to push the nose downward to gain speed and avoid losing lift. By pulling back and adding power to try to prevent the stall, the pilot may have doomed the plane.

Asked Monday whether that scenario was possible, Steve Chealander, a National Transportation Safety Board member, repeatedly said it was.

Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said it is still too early to definitively say what brought the plane down.

"We have not concluded anything," he said Wednesday morning.

Flight 3407 was only about 1,600 feet above the ground at the time and aviation safety experts said this week that it might have been too low to dive out of a stall condition.

"Things happened so quickly, and they were so low to the ground, that it would not have mattered if Chuck Yeager and Neil Armstrong were flying the plane; there wouldn't have been a different outcome," said Kirk Koenig, president of Expert Aviation Consulting of Indianapolis and a commercial aviation pilot for 25 years.

The pilot's actions are being scrutinized to determine whether he could have acted differently to prevent the plane from crashing onto a home on Thursday. All 49 people on board the aircraft and one person on the ground were killed.

So far, the NTSB has not found anything mechanically wrong with the plane or that the pilot violated any flying regulations.

However, the pilot did not disengage the autopilot after encountering what was noted to be "significant ice" — disregarding recommendations from the NTSB and his own airline. In addition, as in every crash, Capt. Marvin Renslow's experience and training will be closely studied.

Renslow had amassed 110 hours of flying experience on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. He also had thousands of hours flying a similar, smaller turboprop plane, which experts say would have prepared him for handling the aircraft in icy weather.

The NTSB will look into the type of training the pilots received, how they performed, how many hours they flew in the seven days before the crash, how much rest they had and what they did in the 72 hours before the accident, Chealander said. That includes a look at whether they drank any alcohol or took drugs.

Another NTSB investigator will study whether the wintry weather played a role in the crash, while still others will interview pilots who recently flew with Renslow, 47, of Tampa, Fla., and the first officer, Rebecca Lynne Shaw, 24, of Seattle.

The full investigation is expected to last at least a year.

The flight, operated by Colgan Air, was about six miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport and on autopilot when it became uncontrollable, pitching sharply up and down and side to side before smashing into the home and bursting into flames.

NTSB investigators have focused on the icy conditions in which the plane was flying, noting the crew took a cautious approach by engaging deicing equipment 11 minutes after leaving Newark, N.J. However, investigators have stopped short of saying ice caused the crash, noting there are endless possibilities.

Colgan Air, based in Manassas, Va., did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment on training procedures. Renslow had 3,000 hours of flying experience with Colgan over 3 1/2 years, which is nearly the maximum a pilot can fly over that period of time under government regulations.

Johnny Summers, a pilot on a Boeing 737 who also has flown turboprop planes, said flying in ice is fairly routine. Planes are designed for it, and pilots train for it.

Summers recalled that a few years ago, while flying a Twin Otter into Colorado Springs, he was forced to land because of severe ice. The ice made the plane too heavy to climb to a higher altitude to escape the bad weather, he said.

He could not remember whether the crew turned off the autopilot but said all deicing and anti-icing equipment was immediately turned on. That aircraft was a twin-engine turboprop that seats eight, while the Dash 8 seats 74.

"I wasn't nervous about it," Summers said. "It's not that spooky of a thing."

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