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Airline Crash Lawsuit Continues Against Miami Air International


February 13, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL- News4jax.com writes that a crash involving a Boeing 737 led to lawsuits between the passengers and Miami Air International. Miami Air reportedly blamed the crash on "an act of God" as to why the wreck occurred. Miami Air believes that the crash, which occurred during a thunderstorm, is not the fault of the airline or pilot. Attorneys for the passengers stated that the pilot flew too high, in bad weather, and attempted to land the plane at too high of a speed causing the aircraft to crash into the St. John’s River last spring.*

There are several pending lawsuits in response to the crash, and allegations include that the plane was poorly maintained and that the pilot lacked qualifications to operate the aircraft. 

The flight was coming from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and heading to a Jacksonville naval station when the crash occurred. There were 136 passengers on board at the time, seven crew members and at least four pets. While no fatalities resulted from the crash, most remained in the hospital overnight for injuries. 

The reason that the chartered plane drifted off of the 9,003-foot runway and into the river is still somewhat unclear. An aviation expert stated that flying at night in a thunderstorm can be challenging for pilots. While the person’s eyes adjust to the dark, the flashes from lighting make it more difficult to see in the darkness. In analyzing the information, the expert stated that the plane was going too fast as it came in for a landing and that the results of the investigation will likely include pilot error as one of the causes of the crash. The airline is reportedly fighting at least five other lawsuits in state court.

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Source:https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/06/miami-air-lawyers-crash-into-st-johns-river-was-an-act-of-god/ and https://www.news4jax.com/news/2019/05/04/expert-pilot-error-likely-involved-in-nas-jacksonville-mishap/


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