- November 18, 2008
A Qantas 747 that had been damaged by a mid-air explosion in July crashed into another jumbo jet while being towed to a maintenance base at Avalon Airport in Melbourne, Australia. No passengers were aboard either plane.
- November 15, 2008
Two Grumman Goose amphibious planes operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines in Northwest Canada crashed in a three-month period. Four passengers and the pilot died in the first crash after takeoff from Port Hardy, and seven people were killed in the second crash involving a charter flight in British Columbia.
- November 13, 2008
An Antonov An-12BK operated by Falcon Aviation Group and chartered by FedEx, crashed west of Baghdad, shortly after taking off from al Asad air base and after the crew reported a malfunction with the plane. All seven aboard were killed.
- November 8, 2008
A Cessna 206 operated by East African Air Charters crashed into Mawenzi peak on Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, killing four Italian tourists.
- August 20, 2008
Spanair Flight JK5022, an MD-82 jet bound for Las Palmas, crashed on takeoff in Madrid, Spain, killing most of the 164 passengers and nine crew aboard.
- July 30, 2008
Pilot Duane Moorer and his son, 22-year-old Duane Jr., were killed when their new light airplane crashed terrain in North Carolina. Both were residents of Miramar, Florida.
- August 2008. Plaintiff filed suit in U.S. District Court Southern Indiana against Cirrus Design and Avidyne et al. The case involves an Avidyne MFD/PFD.
Recent Aviation Developments
- Baggage contracts. Many airlines have modified their tickets to incorporate an additional charge for baggage. However, in some cases they have continued to follow their prior practices regarding compensation for lost or damaged baggage. When passengers now pay an additional $25 or $50 fee to transport their luggage, the airlines have an additional contractual obligation to be sure those bags arrive safely on time at the correct destination. Because of the widespread nature of this practice, it is possible a class action suit may be filed against one or more U.S. airlines in this matter.
- Delta luggage fees. A significant number of Delta passengers purchased tickets prior to the airline's imposition of a baggage fee. When they arrived at the terminal, however, they were told they had to pay an additional fee. A class action suit may be filed against Delta on behalf of these passengers.
- New shuttle service. Massachusetts-based Cape Air is considering starting a shuttle service between Erie and Pittsburgh. The airline's niche is short flights with fares as low as $50 one way. Cape Air flies Cessna 402s that hold nine passengers.
For more information on general aviation developments: http://www.avweb.com/.