American Airlines Flight 587

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New York, USA

On November 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, on takeoff from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport bound for the Dominican Republic, lost its vertical tail and crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood, killing all on board and 5 others on the ground. Floyd Wisner served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, which obtained evidence that the crash was caused by the negligence of both Airlines and the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The American Airlines pilot used excessive rudder input when the plane encountered turbulence, placing stress on the tail. Airbus used a less reliable composite material in its design and manufacture of the tail of the aircraft.

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Floyd Wisner

The founder of Wisner Law Firm, Floyd A. Wisner, is approaching his 38th year in the practice of law. He is a skilled veteran aviation attorney who has successfully represented clients in virtually every major airline and aviation disaster over the last two decades.

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Alexandra M. Wisner | Aviation Attorney

Alexandra Wisner

Alexandra M. Wisner is an aviation attorney that focuses her practice on complex product liability and claims brought under the Montreal Convention. Since joining Wisner Law Firm, P.C. in July 2014, Alexandra has served as co-counsel with the aviation attorney Floyd A. Wisner on an array of aviation litigation & law matters.

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