SOURCE: Herrmann Scholbe

June 30, 2008 07:00 ET

Herrmann Scholbe Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Air Crash Victims Against TACA Airlines

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Herrmann Scholbe law firm filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Los Angeles, CA against TACA International Airlines for personal injuries of four passengers arising out of the May 30, 2008 air crash of TACA's flight TA 390 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The complaint alleges that the crash occurred as TACA's pilot attempted to land on the last half of the exceptionally short and wet runway at Toncontin airport after emerging out of low cloud cover for the second time. His first attempt was aborted when the pilot discovered he had overshot the beginning of the runway. The plane ran off the end of the runway, plunged into a steep ravine; breaking into three pieces as it came to rest straddling a city street. Five people were killed as a result and scores of passengers were injured requiring hospitalization.

Many victims do not realize they may be entitled to bring suit in the USA. The Montreal Convention, an international treaty that controls air crash suits, provides passengers may sue in the USA if: 1) ticket was purchased in the USA; 2) USA was their final destination; or, 3) the passenger lives in the USA.

In this new age of the internet, the question of where the ticket was purchased raises intriguing issues. A person may buy tickets on their computer anywhere in the world, not knowing where money actually changes hands in complicated contracts and banking transactions. Passengers may be surprised to learn their tickets were ultimately purchased in the USA.

Herrmann Scholbe was founded in 1950 by former Washington Senator and Insurance Commissioner Karl Herrmann. The firm has successfully represented hundreds of victims in numerous air disasters. It gained an international reputation for its role in winning cases arising out of the controversial shoot down of a Korean plane "KAL 007" by a Soviet MIG in 1983. Through secret negotiations, the firm secured vital testimony of another Korean Air Lines pilot that literally cracked the case. Its role in that case was portrayed in the HBO movie "Tailspin" and featured in the book "Death of Flight 007."

Anyone desiring further information may contact Charles Herrmann at: charles@herrmannscholbe.com Office: 253.627.8142 or cell: 253.380.5252. The firm's website is: http://www.herrmannscholbe.com

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