On February 5, 2020, Pegasus Air Flight 2193 crashed upon landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport after a flight from Izmir, Turkey. The aircraft reportedly skidded and overran the runway, breaking apart. Three passengers were killed and over 170 were injured.
This crash occurred in heavy rain and winds and investigators naturally will first focus on the pilots’ operation of the aircraft at the time of landing. However, air crashes upon landing, such as Pegasus Flight 2193, often are the result of multiple causes, including a failure of aircraft systems, such as brakes and thrust reversers. The crash investigators likely also will investigate any possible contribution of a failure of such systems to the cause of this crash.
Wisner Law Firm has represented passengers and crew around the world who were killed or injured in crashes of aircraft attempting to land. The Firm was successful in obtaining fair compensation for its clients upon introducing evidence of negligent conduct of the flight and a failure of aircraft systems. TANS Peru flight 204 crashed while attempting to land in poor weather at Pucallpa, Peru. Wisner Law Firm argued on behalf of its clients that the design of the Boeing aircraft allowed for the ingestion of rain into the engine core, causing a flameout.
Other similar cases include Emirates Air Flight EK 521 on August 3, 2016 at Dubai, resulting from a defective design of the Boeing 777’s takeoff/go around switch, Garuda Indonesia Flight GA 200 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on March 7, 2007, resulting, in part, from a failure of the aircraft’s brakes and thrust reversers, Lion Air Flight JT 538 at Solo, Indonesia on November 30, 2004, again allegedly resulting, in part, from a failure of the aircraft’s brakes and thrust reversers, and an Air Lada flight at Cork, Ireland on February 2, 2011, resulting from a defective design of a fuel control sensor.