Although air travel is a safer method of transportation than using a car,
aviation accidents still occur from time to time. In this blog, we talk
about the common causes of
#1: Pilot Error
Despite aircraft technology becoming more reliable, around 50% of aviation
accidents are caused by errors made by the pilot. Piloting an aircraft
is a complex activity that requires the operator to actively engage with
the aircraft at every stage of a flight. From miscalculating the required
fuel uplift to not correctly programming the flight-management computer
(FMC), there are numerous errors that can occur during the course of a flight.
#2: Mechanical Failure
Mechanical errors are the second most common cause of aviation accidents
and account for 22% of all aviation crashes. Mechanical errors can be
caused due to a flaw in the design of the aircraft or because of poor
mechanical maintenance. External forces such as birds flying into the
engines have also been known to cause mechanical failures.
Dangerous weather conditions contribute to roughly 10% of air craft accidents.
Although pilots use various electronic aids like gyroscopic compasses,
satellite navigation, and weather data uplinks, planes still end up in
storms, snow, and fog. A plane can crash while attempting to land on a
wet or snowy runway or while taking off during bad weather.
#4: Other Types of Human Error
Human errors, such as mistakes made by air traffic controllers, dispatchers,
loaders, fuellers or maintenance engineers also cause aviation accidents.
These people can sometimes overlook important aspects of their job duties
which can potentially cause a catastrophic accident.
The causes we discussed above are just some of the most common ones, but
there are many other factors that can contribute to an aviation accident.
Because air travel is complex and requires a number of different professionals
to work together on multiple flights, determining the cause of an aviation
accident can be a difficult task. Aviation accidents can be caused by
a combination of several factors, which is why you need a skilled attorney
to help you investigate the cause of the accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in an aviation accident, you might be
entitled to financial compensation. Contact our New York City personal injury attorneys
to schedule a free consultation.