Traveling by airplane is usually safe, but accidents can happen and when they do, passengers can be seriously injured. Whether the plane is commercial or private, there are common factors that can increase the risk of an accident.
Pilot error and mechanical failure
While an accident can be caused by a combination of factors, one of the most common is human error. Pilots complete hours of training before they are licensed to fly and their performance is recorded on every flight.
However, pilots are responsible for interpreting flight data, fuel gauges and other instruments. If they make an error, it can cause a disastrous accident. Also, pilots can suffer from fatigue which can seriously impair their performance.
Airplanes have hundreds of parts and systems. If one of them malfunctions, it can cause a serious accident. Mechanical failures may be caused by a manufacturing defect, faulty repairs and incorrect equipment replacement.
Weather conditions and air traffic controller errors
Most airplanes can fly in a variety of weather conditions. However, heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning, hail and snow may make visibility difficult and prevent the plane from landing safely. These conditions can also cause severe turbulence within the plane, causing passengers to be injured.
Air traffic controllers are responsible for coordinating takeoffs and landings. If they make an error, it can cause an accident involving more than one plane.
If a passenger has been injured in a plane accident, he or she may incur significant medical bills and lost wages while healing. An experienced attorney can provide advice and pursue a claim on the passenger’s behalf.