Can You Sue Damages In the US for An Airplane Crash That Occurred In Europe ?
In Nolan v. Boeing Co., 919 F.2d 1058, 1061 (5th Cir. 1990), the plaintiffs filed a cause of action in Louisiana involving an aircraft crash that occurred in England. Nolan, 919 F.2d at 1060-61.
After filing a third-party action for contribution and indemnity against the engine manufacturer (owned by the French government), the aircraft manufacturer sought to remove the case from Louisiana to the United Kingdom under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Nolan, 919 F.2d at 1061.
The federal district court granted the defendant's request, and the plaintiffs appealed.
The plaintiffs in Nolan had "no previous connection with the state" in which they filed the cause of action and "none of the activities out of which the defendants' alleged liability (arose) took place in the state in which the lawsuit was filed." Nolan, 919 F.2d at 1061 n.2. (affirming the trial court's decision, the United States Court of Appeals noted in a footnote that "the plaintiffs residents of New York and Washington have no previous connection with the state of Louisiana.