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An Overview Of Aviation Accidents


Aviation Accidents

Things you need to know about Aviation Accidents in Hallandale Beach

Airplane and helicopter crashes are among the most unexpected types of accidents you can have. There are inherent dangers involved with flying. While rare, aviation accidents do occur. In case of an aviation accident, you need a reliable aviation attorney who can fight for you and who will get the maximum compensation which you deserve.

Aviation Accidents Statistics

In 2014, 22 accidents resulted in 992 fatalities, reaching the highest number of casualties since 2005, when 1014 people died in aviation accidents. Eight of the 22 crashes in 2014 involved passenger airlines.

Despite these statistics, it is still very safe to fly since. Incidents are still at record low since the advent of modern aviation in 1946. The chance of a person getting killed in an aviation accident is estimated to be one out of every 4.7 million passengers.

Even when flying with a “subpar” airline, chances are only one in 2 million that you will be in a crash. Over a person’s lifetime, their chance of being killed in a plane crash is about one in 8,357. For reference, the chance of dying from heat exposure is one in 8,321. Your chances of dying from choking are one in 3,649.

Human Factors in Aviation Accidents

In 2013, a South Korean airliner (Boeing 777) crashed after a misjudged approach led to the plane clipping a sea wall. There were three fatalities and almost 200 passengers injured. Investigations revealed that pilot fatigue was a contributing human factor.

Human errors estimated to cause more aviation accidents than any other single factor.

These errors can be made not only by the pilots but also by the maintenance personnel, air traffic controllers and anyone else who has a direct impact on flight safety.

The dominant human error factor is the loss of situational awareness. From flight crew to the maintenance personnel and the air traffic control team, everyone must be 100% in sync to carry out a safe and secure flight.

Another common human factor is inaction. If the pilot or other crew members fail to see the signs of a developing problem, or if they underestimate a situation that required them to cause action, they can be found at fault.

One single error can lead to a snowball effect. One small mistake can lead to another error and so on, until the demise of an entire flight. If the physical condition of the pilot is not optimal, it can add to all these factors negatively. Poor sleep, or too many hours awake, will create a problem scenario for a pilot.

As the statistic above show, the chances of a plane crashing are remotely low. But they are not zero.

Aviation Accidents Causes

There are many causes of aviation accidents. Also, these accidents are not restricted to commercial, corporate and even private airplanes. They can occur on helicopters, hot air balloons, ultra-light planes and hydrofoils.

Other causes of these accidents include bad weather, faulty parts, design issues of the plane, violations of FAA regulations, recklessness of flight attendants and negligence of air traffic controllers.

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Just as with driving on land, fatigue causes pilots to use poor judgment. The pilot’s mental state while controlling the plane is essential in ensuring flight safety. Defective and dangerous airplane design can also cause trouble for bot passengers and airline staff.

Statistically speaking, these are the top 5 causes of aviation accidents:

• Pilot Error

50% of all crashes are caused by pilot error, which can include Pilot errors can include external factors, like weather, or the physical and mental conditions of the pilot.

Mechanical failure accounts for 22% of all plane crashes. Whether due to a flaw in the design or other external factors, like damage the aircraft, faulty aircrafts and accidents often go hand-in-hand.

• Weather Conditions

Roughly 12% of aviation accidents are caused by severe weather. Even though flights are usually stopped in unfavorable weather, there are often planes in the air when a storm forms. Lightning strikes, in particular, pose a great threat. They can ignite fuel and stop the plane’s electrical system, making it uncontrollable.

• Sabotage

This type of aviation accidents accounts for 9% of all the crashes. Hijackers can take control of the plane and do as they please.

• Other Human Error

Air traffic controllers cause the remaining 7% of collisions. These accidents include mountain crashes, mid-air collisions, or fuel starvation, which occurs when the plane has run out of fuel and must crash-land.

Head injuries are one of the most common injuries suffered by aviation accident victims of aviation accidents, many of which contribute to fatality. Thoracic injuries, which cause trauma to the cardiovascular system, are also common. Injured passengers may also suffer from limb, abdominal and spinal injuries. Aside from monetary damages victims may also suffer from psychological pain.

Monetary damages include the expenses in treating medical conditions, lost wages, and medication and rehabilitation costs. If the accident caused the untimely death of a passenger, the family can seek damages that the victim would have been entitled to.

Coping with the aftermaths of Aviation Accidents

Families and survivors are entitled to various legal claims against the airline, aircraft, manufacturers and others responsible for a crash. It is important to note that if the plane is small enough, it can be considered an auto accident.

The cause of the accident, or near-accident, will determine who should be sued and which legal claims to bring. For example, a near-accident crash would be one that causes injuries due to emergency landing in freezing water. In most cases, aircraft crashes are caused by more than one factor. In those cases, federal agencies will determine the final statement.

Because these accidents can cause serious injuries and even death to innocent victims, it is not uncommon to pursue litigation. Our lawyers are very knowledgeable about these cases and can determine the factors of the accident ranging from the pilot error to the faulty engines.

Given the complicated nature of aviation accidents, your best bet is to contact our lawyers in Hallandale Beach. We are well experienced in these situations, and our attorneys have proven to be priceless in recovering the damages you are entitled to.

Attorney Robert Fenstersheib

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