Are there situations in which I am entitled to receive salary continuation for more than 6 months?

Yes.  The periods in which you are entitled to receive salary continuation is extended to 36 months if you suffer your injury because of an aircraft accident and your injury:

            1.         Requires hospitalization of more than 48 hours commencing within 7 days from the date that the injury occurred;

            2.         Results in a fracture of any bone except simple fractures of fingers, toes or nose;

            3.         Causes severe hemorrhages, nerve, muscle or tendon damage;

            4.         Involves any internal organs; or

            5.         Includes second or third degree burns or any burns affecting more than 5 percent of the body surface.  The term "aircraft accident" means "an occupational occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death wherein which the aircraft receives substantial damage."

Your contract defines substantial damage in accordance with a definition provided by the National Transportation Safety Board.  According to the NTSB, substantial damage means "damage or failure which adversely affects the structural strength, performance, or flight characteristics of the aircraft, and which would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component.  Engine failure or damage limited to an engine if only one engine fails or is damaged, bent fairings or cowling, dented skin, small punctured holes in the skin or fabric, ground damage to rotor or propeller blades, and damage to landing gear, wheels, tires, flaps, engine accessories, brakes, or wing tips are not considered 'substantial damage.'"

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