Aircraft Accident Sufferers Win Six Figure Sum

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A couple that was injured as the result of an aircraft accident was awarded a six figure sum in compensation, a recent report revealed. The Hollands were on holiday in Tanzania celebrating their anniversary when their aircraft had to make an emergency landing. Upon landing the plane actually crashed, and a number of passengers were injured. Mr Holland suffered broken bones, back, and leg injuries. His wife suffered spinal damage resulting in paralysis.

A lawyer for the couple stated: “Mr & Mrs Holland both suffered very serious injuries in this accident and they are continuing to suffer ongoing difficulties as a result. This was a complex legal action involving claims against three defendants, one in England, one in Kenya and one in Tanzania. The accident occurred in Tanzania during the course of an internal flight and while the Montreal Convention now provides a basic level of protection for passengers injured in plane crashes, this Convention had not been ratified in Tanzania and therefore did not apply in Mr and Mrs Holland’s case. Although we were able to bring their claim in the English courts, Kenyan and Tanzanian law was relevant to a number of issues and experts were instructed to investigate the cause of the engine failure and the adequacy of the maintenance of the Cessna plane they were flying in.”

He added: “After a tough legal battle I am delighted that settlement was agreed with all three defendants. Mr and Mrs Holland have already moved to a suitable bungalow that will meet their immediate and long term housing needs. If the Montreal Convention for International Carriage by Air had applied to their claims they would have recovered a significantly higher level of damages. The safety of air travel in parts of Africa has been the subject of considerable concern following the loss of a number of aircraft.”

 

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