Ghost Planes: The Flights that Never Return

When airplanes vanish, everyone in the supply-chain is a suspect!

Imagine this scenario: What if Air Force One disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while on its way to North Korea? It simply vanished into thin air!

This slightly absurd hypothetical is perhaps not so far-fetched when we think of the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a flight carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Imagine the legal ramifications! MH370 had its four-year anniversary this month in what has become the biggest mystery in commercial aviation history.

Or consider EgyptAir flight 804 that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea two years ago on its way from Paris to Cairo. Investigators had not ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash but there was no mayday call received by air traffic control. To complicate matters, the plane lost contact with radar three and half hours after departing Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and 10 miles after entering Egyptian air space.

Air Force One vanishing is sensational, but not completely without context considering these recent aviation tragedies. In the real world of aviation; whether it’s an aircraft disappearance or an airplane crash, there can be potential legal ramifications for everyone in the supply-chain.

What would be the legal and insurance implications for manufacturers, buyers, and sellers of aircraft parts? What about any organizations that provided maintenance or repairs or FBO services to the aircraft?

How would regulators and insurance carriers treat a plane that disappears or crashes? How would an organization prepare for an NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) probe? The bottom-line: it’s crucial to know how aviation, aerospace, and defense companies can protect their business in the case of such catastrophic events.

A group of aviation experts are gathering in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 16-17 for the 2018 PBExpo Aviation Law Forum. Their goal: tackle some of the toughest issues facing the aviation industry in the 21st Century.

All industry players across the supply chain will be featured at the 2018 PBExpo aviation and technology tradeshow where a high-level team of aviation professionals including insurers and legal experts will be on hand to answer questions during a special seminar entitled: PBExpo Aviation Law Forum: From the Cockpit to the Courtroom. Learn How to Protect your Business! The event will be held May 16th at the Greater Broward Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 2:00-3:00pm.

The Aviation Law Forum is an educational program that will feature six top aviation lawyers and insurance professionals from well-known firms like Holland & Knight and AIG, among others. The discussion will revolve around domestic and international air and space law as well as regulatory issues from the U.S. and international government entities such as the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), DOT (Department of Transportation), EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Aviation professionals are aware that legal and insurance advice is expensive. Get your questions answered at the Q & A after the discussion. The panel may not address far-fetched hypotheticals like if Air Force One were to vanish, but they will certainly provide concrete answers to aviation regulatory and legal issues that could be a lifesaver for your business. For more information on how to participate at the Aviation Law Forum, visit the PBExpo website to learn more. To attend or exhibit at PBExpo, visit the website or call +1-561-957-0700 to speak with someone directly.

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