Air crash investigations hampered by government shutdown

| Serious Injuries, Aviation

The 34-day government shutdown grounded the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) go-teams that investigate air crashes immediately after they occur. This left critical aircraft investigations to local law enforcement officers, who are not specially trained for these types of crash scenes. “They’re great at what they do, they’re just not trained specifically to investigate aircraft crashes, and they are a completely different animal,” explains Mike Andrews, who focuses on aviation cases for Beasley Allen. As a result, vital evidence may not have been collected, and now the scene is gone or changed, and evidence may not have been properly stored or it degraded.

Mike Andrews, Beasley Allen Attorney
Mike Andrews

Mike is a products liability attorney who handles aviation litigation.

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