Aviation / Helicopter Accidents

CPM has successfully represented victims of aviation disasters concerning major commercial airlines and aviation crashes involving both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.  Our attorneys have the expertise in the acquisition of key evidence related to accident investigation processes and procedures of regulatory agencies, including procedures of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  CPM’s skilled advocacy in aviation cases has resulted in our client’s attainment of entitled compensation and improvements in safety and security standards.  


Asiana Air Crash Flight 214 (Commercial aircraft)
Northern District Court of California
Frank Pitre of CPM was appointed as liaison counsel to represent passengers aboard Asiana Flight 214 which crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013.   Cases have been joined as part of a multi-district litigation coordinated before the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Fitzgerald v. Rollins, et al. (Small aircraft)
San Luis Obispo Superior Court
CPM represented a passenger onboard a private airplane owned & operated by the defendant when it crashed in San Bernardino County, California, during landing.  As a result of the crash, plaintiff sustained severe injuries.  CPM sued the defendants for alleged Negligent Operation and Control of an Airplane, and Negligent Service and Maintenance of an Airplane.  

Tesla Plane Crash Litigation (Small aircraft)
San Mateo County Superior Court
CPM represented victims of a crash of the Cessna 310R aircraft that took off from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport and collided with power lines, then crashed into multiple homes, narrowly missing a day care center. All three people killed in the plane crash were Tesla engineers.

Alaska Airlines MDL No. 1343 (Commercial aircraft)
Northern District Court of California
Representing the survivors of one of the victims of crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of California.

Singapore Airlines MDL No. 1394 (Commerical aircraft)
Thomas v. Singapore Airlines
Central District Court of California
Representing victims of the crash of a Singapore Airlines passenger jet in Taiwan in which 83 people were killed and dozens injured.

Montoya v. Bell Helicopter (Helicopter)
Northern District Court of Texas
This case involved pursuit of a claim for product liability in the design of the engine shroud incorporated into a Bell helicopter, which crashed in the jungle of New Guinea killing a Chevron executive. The suit was on behalf of the wife and children of the executive and against the helicopter manufacturer and the French company, which supplied the component parts.

PSA Flight 1771  (Commerical aircraft)
Los Angeles County Superior Court
Representing victims of the air crash of a PSA jetliner near San Luis Obispo. The case was unique due to the focus on breaches of security by the airline and airport security, which permitted a disgruntled former airline employee to by-pass security with a gun later used to kill the pilot and crew during flight.