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Romanucci & Blandin // Topic Archive

Archive for the ‘Aviation News’ Topic

Aeroméxico Plane Crashes in Durango, Mexico

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018 by Romanucci & Blandin
An Aeroméxico flight carrying 103 passengers crashed Tuesday just after take-off from an airport in Durango, Mexico. Passengers were forced to escape through the emergency slides before the aircraft went up in flames, and reports indicated no deaths resulted from the crash.  Mexican officials have reported the Embraer 190 jetliner descended abruptly as it attempted take off, possibly due to a severe gust of wind. However, the probable cause for the accident remains unknown. The left wi ... Read More

Live-streaming Black Boxes — The Wave of the Future in Disaster Recovery?

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Romanucci & Blandin
In light of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in March 2014, the airline industry is breaking new ground with the introduction of live stream technology of flight data. The data would transmit in real-time from black box recorders to operations centers on the ground. Qatar Airlines is distinguishing itself from all other airlines by being the first to test and deploy this technology on its planes. Aviation experts hope this new technology will assist rescue team ... Read More

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Goes Missing

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Another aviation tragedy seems to have struck the Malaysian populace. Sometime last evening, AirAsia 8501 appears to have been lost at sea. The plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from the radar with 162 people on board. No distress call was made. This is the third Malaysian-based airline which has been the subject of aviation disaster within the past 10 months. Although no further ... Read More

Are You Safe on the Runway?

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
According to a recent investigation by USA Today on federal data of near collisions at U.S. national airports involving other planes, people, or vehicles active on the runway, near collisions involving commercial airplanes have increased to a rate of one incident per day between 2003 and 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration deems a collision hazard ‘severe’ when, “‘incidents in which a collision was narrowly avoided’, and incidents ‘in which separation decreases and there is a s ... Read More

Victim Compensation and Litigation Propriety for Families of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Antonio M. Romanucci, recently presented at the Chicago Bar Association hosted by the Aviation Law Committee on Nov. 5, 2014. Antonio discussed regulatory and litigation issues related to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing in March 2014. Legal aspects of the disaster that Antonio discussed: Who can be sued? The Montreal Convention Venue Compensation Third party defendants Other Considerations First la ... Read More

Midway Airport Upgrades to Prevent Runway Accidents

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Chicago’s Midway Airport recently became the first airport in the world to install a new technology to prevent runway overruns by planes when landing. The technology, a lightweight bed of glass rocks positioned at the end of each runway, is designed to stop landing planes traveling at 80 mph, preventing plane disasters and possible passenger injury and death. This new technology at Midway is replacing the current (and much costlier) runway overrun system in place since 2006, after the Dec. ... Read More

Lawsuit: Airline didn’t do enough to help Pekin man who died after midflight chest pains

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Reprinted article in the Chicago Tribune By Michelle Manchir, Tribune reporter August 28, 2014. A Pekin, Ill., man died in 2012 shortly after landing at O'Hare International Airport despite having informed airline staff midflight that he had chest pains, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Cook County court. The lawsuit filed by Kevin Malavolti's widow alleges American Airlines staff did not do enough to help Kevin Malavolti, 52, after he complained about his condition during the Augus ... Read More


Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Lessons from Malaysia 370 Air Plane disappearance: Airlines Need to be more transparent and move towards common sense aviation: “Extend Transponder Battery Life to 90 days” CHICAGO, April 17, 2014.  Today, Antonio Romanucci, Principal and Partner at the law firm of Romanucci and Blandin, LLC, spoke to the Civil Practice Section of the Chicago Bar Association about Aviation Law. During his presentation Romanucci pushed the Airline industry to adopt common sense aviation practices and be more ... Read More

Legal Aspects of Malaysia Flight 370

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Chicago Bar Association 1st Municipal Committee Meeting Thursday, April 17, 2014 12 PM- 1 PM, Richard J. Daley Center Rm 1307 Presents Antonio M. Romanucci Principal and Partner Romanucci & Blandin, LLC  Topic: Legal Aspects of Malaysia Flight 370 Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin have a trial litigation practice and have obtained dozens of verdicts or settlements of $1 million or greater. The largest verdict to date: $22.3 million in a medical malpractice case. Romanucci & Blandi ... Read More


Posted on: April 2nd, 2009 by Romanucci & Blandin
The National Transportation Safety Board today released preliminary aviation accident statistics for the 2008 calendar year, showing improvements in some industry sectors but increased accident rates in others. "While the overall aviation safety record in the United States is among the best in the world, the 2008 accident statistics reveal a mixed picture," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We are particularly concerned with the spike in fatalities in on-demand air charter operatio ... Read More

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