On November 30, 2007 at 1:36 a.m., Atlasjet Flight KK 4203 crashed while on approach to Isparta’s Suleyman Demirel Airport. The flight had departed Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport at 1:00 a.m. All 50 passengers and 7 crew on board were killed.
The aircraft, a U.S.-made McDonnell Douglas MD 83, was turning when it hit a mountaintop at app. 5,000 feet, app. 7.5 miles from the airport.
Wisner Law Firm has been retained to represent the families of certain victims of this tragedy. We are pleased to be associated with our colleague, Mr. Ilhan Isik, in this case. Mr. Isik is an experienced attorney in Turkey who currently is living in the United States. Mr. Isik has the ability to obtain critical documents and information regarding this crash from sources in Turkey. He also will act as an important liaison between Wisner Law Firm and the client families in Turkey. We believe that Wisner Law Firm and Mr. Isik will present an effective team, best equipped to properly represent the families in this international case.
The crash of Atlasjet flight KK 4203 was a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT), meaning that the aircraft was unintentionally flown under power into terrain. CFIT’s are one of the most common types of air crashes in the world. Wisner Law Firm has had extensive experience with such crashes around the globe, including cases in Indonesia and Australia.
Commercial aircraft, such as the accident aircraft, almost always are equipped with an instrument known as a Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS), or a later version of this instrument known as an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), which provides aural and visual alerts when the aircraft is too low and approaching terrain. Wisner Law Firm has learned that this aircraft was equipped with the older GPWS model. Key issues in this case will include why the accident aircraft was not fitted with the more modern EGPWS, whether the GPWS with which it was fitted provided the pilots with any warnings, and, if so, at what times during the flight.
Wisner Law Firm has successfully litigated air crash cases against the U.S. manufacturer of the GPWS, obtaining record settlements for its clients. We do not believe any other firm possesses the same knowledge and experience in this critically important area.
Wisner Law Firm believes that for the families of Flight KK 4203 to obtain fair compensation for their terrible loss, and to obtain answers to their questions as to what really happened and why, it will be necessary to pursue responsible parties in the United States and elsewhere. In the U.S., the State of Illinois, where Wisner Law Firm is located, is the most logical choice, as it is the home of The Boeing Co., the owner of this aircraft manufacturer, McDonnell Douglas. Wisner Law Firm also has previously obtained settlements for clients from the U.S. manufacturer of the GPWS, through actions brought in Illinois.
Wisner Law Firm counsels the families to be careful in choosing an attorney who can best represent them in actions against all parties responsible for this crash and an attorney with experience in this area of aircraft and component (GPWS) design. We especially caution the families to obtain legal advice before accepting any payment from any party and before signing any document, as the families must be careful they do not unknowingly relinquish their rights to pursue other parties.
Wisner Law Firm and its colleague. Ilhan Isik, would be pleased to provide the Atlasjet families with other information and respond to any questions. We may be contacted at any time at email@example.com or at the phone numbers listed here.