Types of Aviation Accidents
In 2020, there were 1,085 civil aviation accidents recorded in the United States. While flying is statistically the safest way to travel, the risks involved are still high. Aviation accidents often involve commercial airlines, air-taxi and medical helicopters, hot air balloons, personal airplanes, unpowered gliders, and cargo airplanes.
There are several types of aviation accidents. These include:
- Ground collisions
- Mid-air collisions
- Landing accidents
- Taxiing accidents
In any aviation accident situation, the risk of serious injury and death is significant. Injuries may involve paralysis, spinal cord injuries, internal hemorrhaging, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, coma, and other catastrophic injuries and medical conditions. If you have been involved in a plane crash, it is important to file a claim and seek compensation right away.
Who Is Responsible?
Aviation accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. With so many working parts and people involved in the process, it is important to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigates all aviation crashes to determine who is at fault.
Causes of aviation accidents include:
- Pilot error - There is a lot of room for pilots to make a mistake while operating the craft. A pilot's responsibilities include paying attention to unsafe weather conditions, staying alert and unimpaired, following safety regulations, supervising flight personnel and procedures, and much more.
- Design and mechanical failures - The Hindenburg was not were design errors ended for aircraft. Design failures such as improperly designed doors and oddly shaped windows have resulted in structural issues for aircraft which caused devastating effects.
- Air traffic control error - Air traffic controllers are responsible for proper communication and protocol for safe takeoff and landing and must be certified.
- Maintenance error - Aircrafts should be properly maintained on a regular schedule.
- Defective runways - Everything from faulty materials to bad design can make a runways potentially hazardous for takeoff and landing. Runways have cracked and buckled due to these errors.
Depending on the situation, a number of people may be held liable for the crash. The pilot, maintenance supervisor, repair technician, air traffic controller, or even the commercial airline may be sued for damages after an aviation accident. The NTSB will conduct a thorough investigation by looking at the condition of the airplane and factors of the incident to determine the cause.
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