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Legal 500 (2013)

Tanzania plane crash

Mr. and Mrs. Holland were injured in a plane crash whilst on a safari holiday in Tanzania to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary.  The Cessna aircraft they were travelling in had to make an emergency landing after suffering engine failure.  The plane crashed on landing injuring several passengers.  Mr. Holland suffered back and leg injuries and broken bones while Mrs. Holland fractured her left ankle and suffered damage to her spinal cord and is now paralysed.

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors brought a claim on behalf of Mr. & Mrs. Holland against three Defendants including the tour operator that arranged the package holiday, Okavango Explorations (UK) Limited trading as Hartley’s Safaris, as well as Regional Air Services Limited, the carrier and AirKenya Aviation Limited, the company that was responsible for the maintenance of the engine that failed.

Mr. & Mrs. Holland recovered £340,000 in an out of court settlement.

Mr. Holland said “I am very pleased to see the end of this complicated court case. Kathleen and I have been worried about the life changing injuries that we sustained and how we would be able to manage without employment in the future.  The damages that we have recovered have gone some way to resolving our concerns and with our recent move to a new and suitable property. We are now confident that we will manage in the future."

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"We were very happy with the outcome of our case, especially as we were initially offered nothing from the Tour Operator. Irwin Mitchell were very professional throughout and we are very happy with the outcome."

Chris and Michael, Worksop