Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

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 aviation accidents.

#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.

#3: Weather

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.

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