American Airlines fire may highlight recurring engine problems, says aviation lawyer Floyd Wisner
One of the world’s leading aviation lawyers has debunked media reports that suggest the engine failure of American Airlines Flight 383, which caught fire at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Friday, was a “rare occurrence”.
Principal of Chicago based Wisner Law Firm, Floyd Wisner, says describing this potentially-catastrophic occurrence as an isolated incident gives the public the impression that there is no reason for greater concern, yet “there are facts that may indicate a potentially recurring problem with GE engines”.
He revealed the law firm has recently settled the claims of 109 passengers and crew of British Airways flight 2276 arising from an engine fire on another Boeing aircraft in Las Vegas on September 8, 2015.
Then, in August of this year, a Boeing 737 being operated as Southwest Airlines flight 3472, en route from New Orleans to Orlando, was forced to make an emergency landing at Pensacola, Florida when one of its GE engines failed.
“This is the third uncontained engine failure of a GE engine in little over a year,” he said.
“We would expect that the NTSB will be looking very closely into these similar incidents and this ongoing engine issue.”
Wisner Law, which has been involved in nearly every major air disaster for the past two decades, has represented passengers and crew on several other flights involving engine and mechanical failures resulting in emergency or crash landings, including BA 738, Qantas 72, BA 762, and LOT 16.
Mr Wisner said that while those on board AA383 are very lucky, no one should underestimate the intense emotional problems and anxiety that passengers will be suffering.
“Over the years we’ve learned that people who survive incidents like this still endure enormous personal upheaval and ongoing issues.”
Wisner Law will update passengers on any legal recourse available to them, on its website – www.wisner-law.com. Passengers and crew members should contact Floyd Wisner or Alexandra Wisner for further assistance.