World's Forgotten YemeniaAir Crash Victims Find US Law Firm Advocates. Los Angeles Superior Court Lawsuit Seeks Justice for French, Comoros Families

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Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack, and Girardi & Keese Law firms file wrongful death case against International Lease Finance Corporation.

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For the families of the victims of the Yemenia Airlines flight 626 plane crash on June 30, 2009, a group of California law firms has filed case BC452279 in Los Angeles Superior Court against International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The Airbus A310 leased by ILFC to Yemenia airlines crashed on approach to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport, in Moroni, Comoros.

The case charges both ILFC and the unnamed principals whose negligence contributed to the crash that killed a hundred and fifty-two individuals, and nearly killed the one survivor, 12-year-old Bahia Bakari who was rescued after spending thirteen hours adrift in the Indian Ocean.

Plaintiffs assert that Yemenia Airlines was "incompetent, unfit, inexperienced and/or reckless in its operation as an air carrier," which can be ascertained by looking at the airline's "long and notorious history of poor maintenance on an epic scale, poor pilot training and total lack of compliance with minimum standards of safety at every level of the company from 1999 to the present" (including but not limited to substandard or non-existent SARP, training, inspections, pilot certification and supervision, plane maintenance and airworthiness, and in-house regulations/documentation.) As the leasing agency ILFC is responsible for seeing they lease to responsible airline operators.

Yemenia Airlines Flight 749 flew from Marseille to Sana'a International Airport, where passengers disembarked from a different airbus, and boarded Flight 626 Airbus A310 (70-ADJ). This second Airbus had avoided European airspace since an inspection in 2007 revealed it as being in noncompliance with ICAO standards.

"We expect that attorneys representing other families in France will want their clients to join this lawsuit in the United States," explains George Hatcher, whose Air Crash Consultants firm provides international communications support, investigative, paralegal and claims management services in the case.

Since 1974, the law firm of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack has handled hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of accidents involving commercial air carriers, commuter airlines, privately owned airplanes and helicopters, and military aircraft, in the United States and internationally.

The law firm of Girardi Keese has successfully recovered in excess of three billion dollars on behalf of their clients. Thomas V. Girardi has been proclaimed "The Billion Dollar Gentleman" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal for having achieved over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements over a two-year period.

Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack
Girardi | Keese               
Ahmed Bahassani      
Kevin Zeglin                            kevinzeglin(at)hotmail(dot)com
Air Crash Consultants       

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