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Aerocon Fairchild Metroliner crashes in Bolivia

(Please note, this matter is not currently being litigated in Australia)

A twin turbo prop Fairchild Metroliner aircraft ran off the runway, inverted and was consumed by fire following its landing at Riberalta-Gen Buech Airport in the north of Bolivia on 3 November 2013.  The passenger plane had been on a routine domestic flight from Trinidad Airport.  Early reports indicate eight people were fatally injured, and 10 survived, six with serious injuries.

The Bolivian registered airliner, registration CP-2754, was not the first to crash from this Bolivian airline, and the same type of aircraft in its fleet has suffered previous accidents causing the death of eight of the nine on board (eg, in 2011).  Moreover, the aircraft itself has resulted in 90 hull losses from accidents worldwide, including what is considered Australia’s worst modern airline accident, near Lockhart River in 2005 in Queensland. That Metroliner, registration VH-TFU operated by Aero Tropics crashed on approach at Lockhart River on 7 May 2005.  The two pilots and 13 passengers perished when the plane crashed into mountainous terrain in bad weather, north east of Lockhart River, Queensland.

Shine Lawyers Aviation Lawyer Pat Nunan acted for 5 families in Queensland and Commonwealth litigation. In related legal action pursued by US legal partners of Shine Lawyers on behalf of the families, proceedings were commenced in the US, claiming that the Ground Proximity Warning System manufactured by the Defendant was defective.

The case against the manufacturers of the allegedly defective components is expected to be listed for trial in the US in 2014.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: November 4, 2013.

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