46 U.S. Code § 30307. Commercial aviation accidents

(a)Definition.—
In this section, the term “nonpecuniary damages” means damages for loss of care, comfort, and companionship.
(b)Beyond 12 Nautical Miles.—
In an action under this chapter, if the death resulted from a commercial aviation accident occurring on the high seas beyond 12 nautical miles from the shore of the United States, additional compensation is recoverable for nonpecuniary damages, but punitive damages are not recoverable.
(c)Within 12 Nautical Miles.—
This chapter does not apply if the death resulted from a commercial aviation accident occurring on the high seas 12 nautical miles or less from the shore of the United States.
(Pub. L. 109–304, § 6(c), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1512.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised

Section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)

30307(a)

46 App.:762(b)(2).

Mar. 30, 1920, ch. 111, §§ 1(b), 2(b); as added Pub. L. 106–181, title IV, § 404(a)(2), (b)(2), Apr. 5, 2000, 114 Stat. 131.

30307(b)

46 App.:762(b)(1).

30307(c)

46 App.:761(b).

In subsections (b) and (c), the words “the United States” are substituted for “any State, or the District of Columbia, or the Territories or dependencies of the United States” because of the definition of “United States” in chapter 1 of the revised title.

In subsection (b), the words “of a decedent” are omitted as unnecessary.

In subsection (c), the words “if the death resulted from a commercial aviation accident occurring on the high seas” are substituted for “In the case of a commercial aviation accident, whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas” for consistency with subsection (b) and to eliminate unnecessary words. The words “and the rules applicable under Federal, State, and other appropriate law shall apply” are omitted as unnecessary.