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What Causes Aviation Accidents?

According to data from 2019, in Alaska, there were 10 fatal plane crashes, which exceeded the national average. These crashes were caused (in part) by inclement weather conditions, landing and takeoff errors, and other common contributing factors. Below, we will discuss the most common causes and contributing factors for aviation accidents.

Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Air travel is safer than most people think; statistically, it’s safer than driving a car. However, because of human negligence or other conditions, aviation accidents can happen. Some of the common causes of plane accidents include:

  • Pilot error. About 50% of aviation accidents are caused by pilot errors, such as failure to follow procedure, premature descent, excessive landing speed, missing the runway, navigation error, and spatial disorientation. Pilots are in control of the flight and are involved in every stage of the flight. If they make an error due to fatigue, intoxication, poor training, or a lack of experience and cause an accident, accident survivors can pursue legal action.
  • Design issues. A common mechanical issue that can cause aviation accidents is a design flaw in the plane or its parts. Improper runway design can also lead to crashes as they can affect a pilot’s ability to land safely and/or avoid obstacles in cramped conditions.
  • Mechanical errors. Aviation accidents can be caused by poor maintenance or defective parts that cause mechanical errors. Smaller aircrafts are known to be more prone to mechanical issues because of the lack of regulatory equipment. From exhaust system leaks to pilot seats that slide backward, engine carburetors flooding the engine, or faulty systems, mechanical errors can lead to serious issues, including accidents.
  • Poor landing conditions. Many small plane accidents occur on the landing strip because of the landing conditions. Types of dangerous landing conditions include poorly designed runways, runway traffic collisions, inclement weather (that affects the runway), and poor runway maintenance or materials.
  • FAA regulation violations. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the aviation industry, and they have implemented regulations that commercial, private, and small aircrafts must adhere to for the safety of everyone. Violations of FAA regulations can lead to serious and fatal aviation accidents.
  • Air traffic controller errors. Air traffic control is in charge of monitoring and coordinating the movement of aircraft to ensure they maintain a safe distance, and pilots rely on air traffic control and their information to make safe decisions concerning the weather, landing safety, and more.
  • Weather and turbulence issues. Severe turbulence, heavy rain, icing, lightning and thunder, and other weather issues can lead to an accident. If there is inclement weather or the risk of such weather, pilots should avoid taking people for rides, especially if they do not have liability coverage.

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Our attorney has over two decades of legal experience at the Law Offices of David Henderson. With a proven track record of success and a dedication to helping people injured because of others’ negligence, our firm is here to help you seek legal action after an aviation accident. We understand how complex and lengthy plane crash investigations can be and can help you develop a solid legal strategy concerning how to achieve the best possible case results quickly and efficiently.

Need help pursuing a plane crash lawsuit? Call the Law Offices of David Henderson or reach out online today to discuss your legal options.