Aviation Lawyers & Aviation Accident Information

Aviation is one of the most important modes of travel in the modern world. Transporting people and cargo around the world through the air safely and quickly from one destination to another makes one of the highest priorities for governments and corporations alike.

Unfortunately flying is an inherently dangerous act, for traveling by air involves a deadly combination of high speeds, high altitudes and volatile chemicals. Even though advancements in technology and maintenance have made flying one of the safest ways to travel, simple errors and innocent mistakes can endanger the lives of not only those traveling but anywhere a plane falls out of the sky. Due to the nature of flying itself, every airplane accident has the potential to be catastrophic.

While millions of people every day hope to safely arrive at their destinations, thousands of people suffer extreme injury or death due to airplane accidents. There are literally thousands of ways an aircraft can suffer a serious mishap, and thousands more factors that no one can foresee or prevent.

Even what appear to be trivial mistakes can have grave consequences at 30,000 feet.  Minor imperfections in the structure of the plane, or seemingly begin weather conditions, or a moment’s distraction by the pilot or ground crew member can turn even a short flight into an aeronautical nightmares.  Furthermore, because there are thousands of planes in the skies at any instant they need constant monitoring by ground stations to ensure they are on the correct flight path. A simple error can spell disaster for not only the flights in the air, but innocent people on the ground as well.

 

Latest Airplane Accident - Crash News:

MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 13, 2009 -- Continental Connection flight number 3407, operated by Colgan Air, Inc., was involved in an accident at about 10:20 p.m. EST today while the aircraft, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, was operating between Newark Liberty International Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The accident occurred in the vicinity of Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Feb 17, 2009 -- National Transportation Safety Board member Steve Chealander said investigators already have collected about half the crash debris and want to finish by Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to hit the area and hamper the cleanup.

After a seemingly routine flight, the Dash 8 Q400 turboprop plane, operated by Colgan Air, endured a 26-second plunge before smashing into a house about six miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The crash killed all 49 people on the plane and one on the ground.

Though ice has emerged as a possible contributor to the crash, Chealander has not ruled out other possibilities, including other aerodynamic or weight issues that could have made the aircraft uncontrollable.

Injured in an Aviation Accident -Contact an Aviation Lawyer

If you or someone you know suffered injury in an aviation accident of any level of severity, you may have the right to take action against those responsible. You have the right to travel safely and when that sense of security is threatened, someone needs to be held accountable for their actions or inactions. Under the law, you may even be entitled to financial compensation for your profound physical and emotional trauma. Aviation law is extremely complicated and requires extensive organization, research, and understanding in order to achieve the justice you deserve. A knowledgeable aviation lawyer can help you navigate these complexities in order to find the closure that you deserve.

Let the offices of Wayne Ferrell represent you in your time of need. We have the experience and dedication to fight for your rights and your compensation. Contact us today.

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Airplane Accident Statistics

Although statistically speaking flying is one of the safest ways to travel, there are literally thousands of uncontrollable variables that can turn a routine flight into a nightmare. Many of the statistics gathered by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board can make even the most seasoned air traveler think twice about booking their next flight.

  • Up to October 26, 2005, there have been 46 major aviation accidents around the world that killed or injured almost 450 people.
  • The odds of dying in a commuter or private plane accident are 29 times and 103 times higher than driving in a car, respectively.
  • Final approach and landing are the two most dangerous times during a flight, with 51% of all accidents occurring during decent.
  • In the 1990s only 32% of people involved in serious aviation accidents survived
  • A survey conducted in 2004 revealed that the 2,147 aviation accidents that occurred since 1950 were caused by:
    • 37%: Pilot error
    • 33%: Undetermined or missing in the record
    • 13%: Mechanical failure
    • 7%: Weather
    • 5%: Sabotage such as bombings, hijacking, and shoot-downs
    • 4%: Other human error such as plane/tower miscommunication, language incompatibility, air traffic controller error, improper maintenance or loading, fuel inconsistencies or problems.
    • 1%: Other cause
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