Category Archives: Aviation Law

Scientists Return to Court to Explain Roundup Cancer Link

Share This Item April 6, 2018 – San Francisco, California – Dr. Beate Ritz and Dr. Christopher Portier, two experts testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs in the Monsanto Roundup litigation, were called back to court this week to defend their assessments that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria asked both scientists to return to San Francisco to provide further testimony weeks after they and other scientists testified on the alleged link between Roundup and NHL in what is formally known as a Daubert hearing, an evaluation to determine the admissibility of testimony from expert witnesses. During the week of March 5, 2018, the legal teams for the plaintiffs and for Monsanto presented their experts to educate the court on the science behind both sides of the Roundup cancer connection, in what was dubbed ‘Science Week’. Judge Chhabria, who….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Using the Southwest Accident to Help Improve Safety

Some details on the Southwest 1380 accident that may be useful to a PMA company's own investigation and safety management undertaking. Continue reading →.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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What Happened to the Engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380?

After an initial review of the left engine of the Southwest Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing yesterday in Philadelphia, the NTSB discovered that one of the 24 fan blades on the engine broke off in flight and caused the catastrophic uncontained failure. Looking at the picture below, one can see that a fan blade is in fact missing and that it broke off near the root, or attachment point.  The missing blade is right in front of the elbow of the gentleman pictured. The engine involved was a model CFM 56-7B, which is the exclusive engine used on 737 aircraft. CFM International was the manufacturer and is a 50/50 joint company between General Electric USA and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. According to FAA records, the engine and aircraft both appear to have been manufactured in 2000. The CFM 56 series engines are turbo fan engines. Turbo fan engines generate thrust partly like a propeller driven engine and partly like a true jet engine. The fan in front,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Government Preparing to Intercept Drones

The Trump administration is introducing legislation that would allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to intercept drones that pose a threat “to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset.”  The legislation is necessary because intercepting a drone would involve interfering with electronic communications in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (18 U.S.C. § 2510 et seq.).  However, the scope of the proposed legislation appears to be very broad, giving the government wide discretion in identifying a threat, leading to privacy and even First Amendment concerns. The goal of the legislation is pretty straightforward.  As drones become cheaper and easier to obtain, the potential for someone to use one in a dangerous manner only increases.  To safeguard potential targets, whether it be infrastructure or individuals, federal law enforcement need a way to combat a potential threat. ….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Explodes

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia today after the aircraft’s left engine apparently exploded while en route from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Dallas Love Field. The plane landed safely, but apparently one passenger was seriously injured. As this incident just happened, it is too soon to know what caused the engine to fail so violently. It is also too soon to know how the passenger was injured. If the engine exploded, however, there is a real possibility that the passenger was struck by flying debris that entered the cabin. The aircraft involved was a737-700 model, which is used widely by Southwest Airlines and other carriers. And, like most newer commercial aircraft, the 737 has historically been a safe platform. Nonetheless, another Southwest Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City in February after one of its engines caught fire. Whether these incidents have any correlation to one another and….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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