|Airline cases find local lawyer via Internet|
|Tuesday, September 1, 2009|
From Post staff reports|
An airliner crash earlier this summer attracted national and international headlines when it was reported that 12 crew members and 156 passengers were killed shortly after the plane had taken off from Tehran-Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran.
From Post staff reports
According to Williams, his client, a U.S. citizen who lives in California, lost her father in the crash which is reported to be the second worst air disaster in Iran’s history. All on board, including all passengers and all crew members, were killed when the plane suddenly turned 270 degrees and entered into a rapid descent, slamming into the ground, exploding on impact and disintegrating.
Williams said he is routinely in contact with his client in this case and has visited with her once in San Francisco.
“We talk frequently on the telephone and email each other” about the case, he said.
The Caspian Airlines crash is still under investigation, Williams noted. He said he wasn’t sure how long it may take foreign authorities investigating the accident to complete their work. In the U.S., he said an investigation of this magnitude may take as long as two years or so.
The case is unusual because it involves international law. The plane that took off from Tehran’s airport was bound for Armenia. At this time Williams said he wasn’t sure as to where the venue may be established for the case adding that the Warsaw Convention and/or Hague Protocol may be applied to determine venue.
His three clients in the Southwest incident include two from Clarksville, and a third, a police officer, from Boston, Mass. Again, as in the Caspian Airlines crash, his clients learned of him from researching previous plane accidents and found him listed as one of the attorneys of record in the crash that occurred in Lexington.
Williams has also represented clients involving three private plane crashes, has had one case filed against the Federal Aviation Administration, and is now representing the family of Robert Koudelka, of Mt. Juliet, who was killed in November 2008 when his helicopter went down on the Wilson County side of the Cumberland River near Highway 109. Williams said the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency that investigates transportation accidents, notified him Tuesday that they were releasing the wreckage of the helicopter. He has until Nov. 2, 2009 to file a lawsuit in this case before the statute of limitations is enforced.
Williams, who raises and enjoys Thoroughbred race horses, said he has no plans to change his focus in his local practice, but he does admit it’s somewhat unusual for a Lebanon lawyer to have an international case pending as well as several others related to commercial air traffic and aviation.