Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates is a leading law firm in representing aviation accident victims in Europe and elsewhere around the world. The firm exclusively represents victims and their families in claims against airliners, insurers, aircraft manufacturers, ATC, government authorities, the military and other persons or legal entities who are responsible for each aviation accident.

Our  legal team consists of lawyers who are experts in international aviation accident law. It is joined by technical advisors and investigators with international experience and proven ability in aviation accident investigation, headed by an in-house internationally certified aviation accident investigator. As soon as we get retained for a new case, we start our own independent investigation of the accident.

Most cases that we have handled over the last 16 years, either in Greece or in other jurisdictions in cooperation with specialized law firms, had successful outcome for the benefit of our clients, Greek or other nationals, whether they have been concluded by Court verdict or through pretrial settlement.

As with all personal injury cases, we undertake aviation accidents on a contingency fee. Our clients do not have to pay fees or expenses until they collect their compensation. All investigation and litigation expenses are advanced by our law firm and recovered only if and when the case ends successfully for the victims and/or their families.

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates has been involved in the representation, inter alia, of victims in the following aviation accidents:

Illustrative Cases 

On 20.08.2019 the private helicopter of the company IFLY SA with registration number SX-HTO crashed in the sea area between Poros – Galatas, causing the death of the Greek Pilot and the two Russian passengers. The case is being handled by our office on behalf of the families of all victims.

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crash, Fokida, Greece 2018

Hellenic AirForce MIRAGE M-2000-5 fighter crash, Northern Aegean, Greece 2018

On 19.04.2017 the Army Air Force helicopter “ES-625”, type UH-1H, crashed in Sarandaporo hills, during a reconnaissance flight. The helicopter’s Pilot in Command, the Co-pilot and its passengers were killed during the crash, while only one crew member was rescued. Our office represents the families of the helicopter’s crew.

On 11.02.2016 the Navy helicopter “PN-28”, type AGUSTA BELL (AB212-ASW), crashed on the island of Kinaros in the Aegean Sea, during a night flight within the context of the naval exercise “ASTRAPI 2/16”. Our office represents the family of the deceased Pilot in Command of the helicopter. The Co-Pilot and the Radar user of the helicopter also died in the same accident.

On 26.01.2015 the Greek Air-Force military aircraft F-16D BLK 50 with registration number “EA 1084” of the 111th Combat Wing / 341 Squadron “VELOS” of Nea Anchialos crashed at the Albacete airport in southeastern Spain during a NATO transnational exercise. Due to the crash the two crew members Greek flying squadrons were killed, while in the same accident 9 foreign soldiers who were at the crash site were killed and 17 others were seriously injured. The case is handled by our office on behalf of the families of the deceased Greek officers.

On November 17, 2013 a Boeing 737-53A operated by Tatarstan Airlines crashed in Kazan, Russia while trying to land killing all 50 passengers and crew aboard. Our firm represents the families of 17 deceased passengers and crewmembers in actions against both manufacturers BOEING, owners and lessors AWAS and operator Tatarstan Airlines.

During a post-maintenance test flight military helicopter AH-DHA (Apache) ES 1030 crashed on July 30, 2010 in the vicinity of the Megara military airport near Athens killing both pilots. Our firm represents both families and we are executing an extensive investigation on behalf of our clients. Trial is pending.

A 17 year old student was killed during his first flight lesson when the ultra-light private aircraft of his instructor crashed on June 29, 2010 in Aegion, North Peloponnese, killing both of them. Our firm represented the parents of the unlucky boy in an action against the flight school.

A 31 year old student was killed during a recreational flight with his instructor on May 2009 in Kopaida near Athens when shortly after take-off of a FAETA-321, the aircraft took a right roll and spiraled to the ground killing both persons aboard. Our firm represents the family of the 31 year old passenger in trials.

On September 14, 2008 a Boeing 737-505 operated by Aeroflot-Nord crashed in Perm, Russia while trying to land killing all 88 passengers and crew aboard. Our firm represented the families of 11 deceased passengers and crewmembers in actions against both manufacturers BOEING and operator Aeroflot-Nord.

On May 3, 2006 a passenger AIRBUS A320 operated by Armavia Airlines of Armenia crashed in Sochi, Russia while trying to land killing all 103 passengers and crew aboard. Our firm represented the families of 75 deceased passengers and crewmembers in actions against both manufacturers AIRBUS SAS and operator Armavia Airlines (read full case analysis).

On February 20, 2006 a military helicopter UH-1H ES 622 of the Greek Army crashed during a night training operation when due to bad visibility the helicopter crashed on mountain terrain. Out of the three officers killed our firm represented the families of two in legal action against the Greek State and Hellenic Army claiming poor planning of the training operation and lack of safety oversight in relation to night training flights. Following a long and difficult trial which involved extended highly technical piloting and military training issues, the Thessaloniki Administrative Court of Appeal found the Greek State liable for the accident and awarded significant sums for moral damages to the families of the two pilots.

On August 14, 2005 a Cypriot airliner Boeing 737-300 operated by Helios Airways crashed north of Athens airport in one of the most tragic accidents of the world aviation killing all 121 persons onboard. As it was found during the investigation both pilots suffered hypoxia intoxication when they failed to detect that the aircraft climbed without cabin pressurization. The aircraft on the AUTOPILOT continued to its destination and crashed near Athens when its fuel was exhausted. Our firm represented the families of 20 passengers in actions against manufacturers and operators.

On September 11, 2004 the military helicopter CH-47D (Chinook) of the Greek Army while on a civil transportation mission crashed into the sea before reaching its destination at Athos Mountain in Northern Greece. All 17 persons aboard perished in the crash among them the Patriarch of Alexandria. Our firm represented the families of 11 victims including all 5 crewmembers.

In August 2003 a fire fighting PZL M-18 crashed while his sole occupant, an officer of the Greek Air Force fought a wild-fire in Lesvos island in Northern Greece. Our firm represented the family of the killed pilot.

In the third of its kind within 20 months, HEMS medical helicopter Agusta-Westland A 109E Power, crashed while flying near Ikaria island. Our firm represented the family of the paramedic who was killed in the crash.

On June 17, 2002 after taking a patient from Anafi island in the Cyclades, HEMS Agusta-Westland A109E Power helicopter operated by Italian operator Helitalia SpA crashed on a mountain of the island shortly after take-off. Our firm represented all 5 persons aboard including the two pilots.

On May 28, 2001 a military helicopter UH-1H ES 6643 of the Greek Army during a night training operation ditched in the sea following an engine failure. Our firm represented the family of the heroic pilot who managed to save the life of the other two persons aboard but tragically lost his life during the ditching operation.

On January 14, 2001, 7 miles south of Sounion near Athens a HEMS Agusta-Westland A109E Power helicopter operated by Italian operator Helitalia SpA crashed in the sea during severe thunderstorm. Our firm represented the families of the medical doctor and the co-pilot who were killed during the crash.

On September 14, 1999 at 18:16 UTC the FALCON-MYSTERE 900B aircraft of the Greek Government, operated by Olympic Airways took-off from Athens international airport for a diplomatic government trip to Bucharest, Romania coded OA 3838. Aboard the aircraft were the Greek Deputy Secretary of State, Mr Giannos Kranidiotis, his 18 year old son, Greek diplomats, journalists a flight engineer and 3 crewmembers, the two pilots and one flight attendant. The flight proceeded uneventful for more than one hour, after which the aircraft started its descent for landing. While on the descending phase and between FL 150 and FL 140 the aircraft for 24 seconds experienced 10 oscillations in the pitch axis which exceeded the limit maneuvering load facts. The impact of the unfasten passengers with cabin ceiling and aircraft furniture, due to acceleration occurring during the pitch oscillations caused fatal injuries to 7 passengers including the Deputy Minister and his son, serious injuries to 1 crew member and 1 passenger and minor injuries to 2 passengers.

We represented the family of the deceased flight engineer. The accident investigation report issued according to Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention by the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority highlighted serious pilot errors which undisputedly contributed to the fatal injury of the deceased. Nevertheless we initiated action against both Olympic Airways and French manufacturer of the aircraft DASSAULT AVIATION S.A. The case was settled before trial for a confidential sum. Nevertheless, despite the settlement which terminated the civil case on favourable terms for our clients, our firm continued to represent the family of the deceased engineer throughout multiple criminal trials before Greek Courts.

On Saturday 26th January 1999, at about 21:30 local time, soviet manufactured Mil Helicopter MI-8P, registered under Bulgarian register LZ-CAK with 17 passengers and 3 crew aboard, two minutes after take-off from Rangali Ari Atoll bound for Male International airport, crashed in the sea and immediately sunk in the shallow water following an engine failure during take-off. Despite the fact that it was dark, most passengers and the 3 crew managed to escape but four tourists drowned trapped in the sunk helicopter fuselage. Our firm was retained by the parents and sister of one of the deceased passengers, a 29 year old Greek tourist who was on holidays in the Maldives. (read full case analysis)

On December 17, 1997 Ukrainian passenger aircraft Yak-42 AEROSVIT AIRLINES flight AEW 241 from Kiev, Ukraine to Thessaloniki, Greece via Odessa, after entering Athens FIR became stranded, lost its orientation and crashed in high mountain terrain in Northern Greece killing all 76 aboard. our firm was retained by the families of 21 deceased passengers and crewmembers to investigate the accident and help find responsible persons. (read full case analysis).