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It is 22 times safer flying in a commercial jet in the United States than traveling by car, according to a study by the U.S. National Safety Council comparing accident fatalities per million passenger-miles traveled.

airplane_crashAviation litigation is complex. It requires a command of not only the law but also of the technical aspect of aviation equipment, aerodynamics, flight procedures, and Federal Aviation Administration Regulations. Most people do not realize the frequency airline accidents do occur, however, because only the accidents with fatalities are covered in the media. Airline accidents can occur on the runway. Many of the airline accidents are due to air traffic control and other miscommunication problems that can cause airline accidents.

Airplane Crash - Death

Airline accidents have a high potential for death and injury due to the speed and height that planes travel. Most airline accidents are the result of human error and mechanical difficulties. In many instances, an airline accident has created so much damage that understanding how the airline accident happened can be difficult.

The NTSB and FAA are in charge of investigating airline accidents in order to understand what may have contributed to the airline accident. A qualified airline accident attorney will notify individuals of all their rights and options regarding the airline accident. Even in seemingly minor airline accident, a passenger can experience injuries in addition to emotional distress.

What are the leading causes of commercial airplane accidents?

  • Uncontained engine failures
  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Approach and landing
  • Loss of control
  • Runway incursions
  • Weather (including turbulence)

What are the leading causes of general aviation accidents?

  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Weather
  • Pilot decision-making
  • Loss of control
  • Survivability
  • Runway incursions

Airplane Crash Statistics

  • More than three million people around the world fly safely on commercial aircraft every day.
  • In 1998, the world's commercial jet airlines carried approximately 1.3 billion people on 18 million flights while suffering only 10 fatal accidents.
  • The risk of being involved in a commercial jet aircraft accident where there are multiple fatalities is approximately one in three million.
  • Thirty years ago, fatal accidents on commercial jetliners occurred approximately once in every 140 million miles flown. Today, it's 1.4 billion miles flown for every fatal accident - a ten-fold safety improvement.
  • The number of U.S. highway deaths in a typical six-month period - about 21,000 - roughly equals all commercial jet fatalities worldwide since the dawn of jet aviation four decades ago.
  • Fewer people have died in commercial airplane accidents in America over the past 60 years than are killed in U.S. auto accidents in a typical three-month period.
  • Commercial air carriers accounted for 604 fatalities, over half of the 1,157 aviation accident-related fatalities in 2001.

Airplane accidents occur in a variety of different situations. While the most common aviation accidents are those involving commercial airlines, many accidents occur with private airplanes, as well as commercial and private helicopters. A general overview of aviation law can inform passengers of their rights in cases of accidents involving all types of aircraft.



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