There’s an age-old adage in aviation law, “res ipsa loquitur:” Latin for “the thing speaks for itself.”
“What it means is, if you’re going to take people who are perfectly safe on the ground and lift them up into the air then you’ve got to put them back on the face of the earth safe and sound and if you don’t you’re (liable),” says J.J. Camp, a partner at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman law firm in Vancouver. “Aviation law is not simple but that principal is very, very well embedded.”
As for what exactly is owed in the event of an airline accident, like the one in Halifax this past weekend, that’s much less well-established.
Air Canada Flight 624’s crash Halifax on Sunday morning, no doubt a particularly traumatic experience for passengers involved in light of the Germanwings crash, brings up that very question of what passengers are now owed in light of the incident.
What we know so far is this: Flight 624 touched down about 335 metres short of the runway, hit an antenna array,Read More »from Biggest thing Halifax Air Canada crash passengers are 'owed' is an apology: PR expert