Aviation Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter Featured in News Report about $10 Million Lawsuit in US Airways Crash

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The New York City lawyer at The Law Firm Of Jonathan C. Reiter talks about the airplane accident in Philadelphia with NBC10.

A case handled by New York airplane accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter was featured in an investigative report aired Jan. 2 by NBC10 about a US Airways jet crash in Philadelphia.

Reiter, founder of The Law Firm Of Jonathan C. Reiter, filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages on behalf of his client Frank Gabbamonte of Hawthorne, N.Y. The lawsuit alleges that Gabbamonte jumped down an emergency chute and sustained permanent damage to his shoulder following the crash. US Airways flight 1702 crashed after an aborted takeoff on March 13, 2014, at Philadelphia International Airport, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit alleges Gabbamonte struck his shoulder on the ground after going down the emergency slide, which resulted in a severe injury. Gabbamonte was diagnosed with tears of the left rotator cuff, labrum and biceps tendon, which forced him to give up his job delivering heavy auto parts, according to allegations in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges officials initially blamed the crash on a blown tire in the front landing gear, but an internal Federal Aviation Administration report shows that pilot error was the cause of the crash. The lawsuit, citing the FAA documents, alleges the flight crew failed to ensure that take-off performance data was entered properly and did not keep the aircraft under proper control during an aborted take-off. The lawsuit also alleges the FAA report reveals the pilot in command should not have been flying that day because he had undergone a medical procedure two days prior and had been given medications that were not completely out of his system.

The jet aircraft lifted off the ground and was about 70 feet in the air when the captain, believing the plane was unsafe to fly moved the throttles to the idle position, the lawsuit alleges. The tail of the aircraft struck the runway, which drove the nose landing gear into the runway, the lawsuit alleges. This caused the tires to blow out and the nose landing gear to collapse, according to the suit, which alleges the plane then skidded about 2,000 feet down the runway before stopping. The crew deployed several escape slides to evacuate the passengers, the lawsuit alleges.

NBC10 said US Airways declined to comment because of pending litigation and the ongoing investigation.

The NBC10 report cited is “Man Files $10 Million Lawsuit in US Airways Crash at Philadelphia International.”

The case is Gabbamonte v. US Airways, Inc. et al; case number 1:2014cv09489; New York Southern District Court.

About The Law Firm Of Jonathan C. Reiter
Serving clients throughout the world for more than 30 years, New York City lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter and his talented team of attorneys have obtained more than $150 million for clients worldwide. Mr. Reiter has represented victims of many major airline crashes, including American Airlines Flight 587, Egyptair Flight 990 and Continental Connection Flight 3406. An experienced Manhattan personal injury lawyer, Reiter and his fellow lawyers at The Law Firm Of Jonathan C. Reiter have a well-earned reputation for handling a wide range of cases, medical malpractice, medical misdiagnosis, mass transit accidents, auto accidents and other personal injury cases. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay fees if the law firm wins their case. To schedule a free consultation, call (212) 736-0979.

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