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Nolan Law Group Files Suit in Wisconsin Plane Crash

Chicago, Illinois.-A lawsuit arising from the crash which killed three people near Burlington, Wisconsin was filed today by Nolan Law Group in the Circuit Court of Kenosha County. The lawsuit names defendants D&G Supply of Niles, Michigan, Blackhawk Aircraft Maintenance of Janesville, Wisconsin and Precision Airmotive of Seattle Washington. Allegations include product liability and negligence due to a faulty fuel servo on the right engine of the airplane. Nolan Law Group represents the wife and four children of deceased passenger Henry “Herb” Grochowske from Genoa City, Wisconsin.

On September 30, 2004, the privately owned Beech B95A, piloted by Grochowske, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain after takeoff from Burlington Municipal Airport, Burlington, Wisconsin. The aircraft was en route to Westosha Airport, Wilmont, Wisconsin and operating in clear weather conditions. All three passengers died at the scene of the crash.

“Henry Grochowske’s loss of life could have been avoided had the engine parts of this plane been properly overhauled and installed,” says Charles Barnett, attorney of Chicago based Nolan Law Group. “The devastation Mr. Grochowske’s family and the other two passengers’ families have endured is enormous. Accidents like this one can be prevented.”

Suit alleges product liability, negligence and wrongful death against maintenance and service companies as well as against the manufacturer of the original part.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The improper maintenance of the fuel servo resulting in a loose adjustment nut and subsequent failure of the fuel injection servo which led to a complete loss of power on the right engine.

About Nolan Law Group

Nolan Law Group helps individuals and families, in Chicago and around the world, after a tragic loss or serious personal injury. The law firm focuses its practice primarily on mass tort aviation and traumatic brain injury litigation. Nolan Law Group is one of a small number of law firms with a niche in the highly complex and ever-changing area of global and domestic aviation litigation. The firm has earned recognition by the legal industry’s leading authority, Martindale, for impeccable professional ethics and for legal abilities of the highest caliber. Nolan Law Group provides strength in practice; greater results.

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Nolan Law Group Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Mitsubishi’s Defectively Designed MU-2 Aircraft

Chicago, Illinois. – A wrongful death lawsuit was filed yesterday in Oakland County, Michigan on behalf of the Mother of a 33 year old pilot who died when the Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, N201UV, operated by Royal Air Freight Inc. crashed during a freight transport from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Bangor, Maine.

The suit was filed by Chicago based Nolan Law Group and claims at the time that the subject aircraft left the control of the defendant, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., (NYSE:MHI) that the aircraft contained certain conditions which rendered the aircraft defective, unreasonably dangerous and/or unfit for its intended use.

On March 25, 2004, Brian Templeton, 33, of Waterford, Michigan a certificated airline transport pilot, was fatally injured when his plane plunged 12,000 feet before hitting the ground and exploding into flames near a populated area in Pittsfield, Mass.

“The failure of this plane to operate safely in icing conditions is nothing new. Mitsubishi will be held responsible for its repeated inability to remedy this defective design,” says Donald J. Nolan of Nolan Law Group.

Nolan Law Group also represents the family of an Illinois couple who died when their Mitsubishi MU-2 airplane crashed during a routine landing out of state leaving behind four adult children. Ian White wrote in a letter to Senator Barack Obama “My parent’s crash is one of at least 108 instances (14.1% of only 764 ever made) where an MU-2 plane has stopped flying and fatally crashed.”

Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Congressman is “extremely critical of the FAA’s oversight of the horrendous safety record of the Mitsubishi MU-2,” he states in a letter written directly to the FAA on November 3, 2005. While a special type rating certificate requirement would help in the proper operation of the dangerous MU-2, (SFAR – Special Federal Aviation Regulation,) “stronger action is needed from the FAA, given the questions that have been raised about the airworthiness of the aircraft.”

About Nolan Law Group

Nolan Law Group helps individuals and families, in Chicago and around the world, after a tragic loss or serious personal injury. The law firm focuses its practice primarily on mass tort aviation and closed brain injury litigation.

Nolan Law Group is one of small number of law firms with a niche in the highly complex and ever-changing area of aviation litigation and is active all over the world. With regard to traumatic brain injury litigation, Nolan Law Group has pioneered the use of sophisticated technology to demonstrate the extent of brain damage that can occur as a result of accidents.

The firm has earned recognition by the legal industry’s leading authority, Martindale-Hubbell, for impeccable professional ethics and for legal abilities of the highest caliber.

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Nolan Law Group Files Suit in Southwest Crash at Midway

Chicago, Illinois.-A lawsuit arising from the crash of Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 at Midway Airport was filed today in the Circuit Court of Cook County by Nolan Law Group on behalf of one of the passengers in the crash. The lawsuit names Southwest Airlines and the City of Chicago, which operates Midway Airport, as defendants.

The Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was landing in a snowstorm at Midway Airport at about 7:15 p.m. at the northwest corner of the airport when it skidded off the runway and crashed through a barrier and into traffic. Ms. Bonnie James, a medical technician and the plaintiff in this case, was one of the passengers taken by ambulance to a hospital after the crash. She has not returned to work since the accident. Ms. James is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.

“Ms. James and other passengers – as well as the people on the ground – were let down by everyone who had a hand in allowing that plane to land under the conditions that prevailed at the time,” aviation attorney Donald J. Nolan said in announcing the filing of the lawsuit. “Our hope is that this lawsuit will draw attention to the systemic weaknesses in place to protect the safety of our air travelers. One of the dreadful aspects of this tragedy is that it didn’t have to happen. It was completely avoidable if everyone entrusted with the safety of the aircraft had simply decided to divert the plane to a neighboring airport.”

“What makes this accident even worse is that runway overruns such as this are preventable with technology already in place at similar urban airports,” Nolan added. “Engineered Material Arresting Systems (EMAS) are in place at LaGuardia, JFK, Burbank, Little Rock and Baton Rouge airports,” he added, “and they have proven effective in averting such disasters.”

The arresting material, made of soft concrete, has stopped three dangerous overruns since May 1999 at Kennedy Airport in New York., Nolan said. “We know the system works,” Nolan says. “I think there is an urgent need to install the EMAS at Midway.”

National Transportation Safety Board member Ellen Engleman Conners said the braking condition of the runway at the time of accident was rated by air traffic controllers as “fair for most of the runway and poor at the end.” The plane hit the fence 32 seconds after it touched down. The plane’s ground speed was 152 miles per hour as it landed and it hit the fence at about 46 miles per hour, Conners said. A non-standard EMAS installation, which would be required at Midway, would be designed to stop aircraft traveling at 40 knots – which is exactly 46.1 mph, Nolan observed.

Nolan added that crashes like this one often result in mild trauma brain injury to passengers from being buffeted during extreme acceleration / deceleration of the aircraft. “There may be little or no apparent indication of physical injury,” Nolan explained, “beyond the victim saying he or she doesn’t ‘feel right’, and they spiral downward from the skeptical reception they receive. Neuroimaging techniques today show actual physical changes in the brain in cases of post-traumatic disorder, which is seen in virtually all cases like this.”

About Nolan Law Group

Nolan Law Group helps individuals and families, in Chicago and around the world, after a tragic loss or serious personal injury. The law firm focuses its practice primarily on mass tort aviation and closed brain injury litigation.

Nolan Law Group is one of small number of law firms with a niche in the highly complex and ever-changing area of aviation litigation and is active all over the world. With regard to traumatic brain injury litigation, Nolan Law Group has pioneered the use of sophisticated technology to demonstrate the extent of brain damage that can occur as a result of accidents.

The firm has earned recognition by the legal industry’s leading authority, Martindale-Hubbell, for impeccable professional ethics and for legal abilities of the highest caliber.

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