Aviation accidents have decreased over the last 40 years, but they still happen, usually for a small number of reasons. Here are the most common.
1. Pilot error
With the pilot in control every step of the flight, there is always the possibility of wrongdoing starting in the cockpit. Pilot error is a decision or action, or indecision or inaction, that leads to an accident.
2. Mechanical failure
From faulty repairs to engine failure, equipment accounts for nearly a quarter of commercial airplane accidents. Accidents involving new Boeing Co. planes were reportedly the result of “improper repairs.”
3. System failure
Unlike a mechanical component, system failure comes from a defect in the database or software. The issue can lead to failure in controlling the system and, in turn, the plane itself.
There’s good reason that poor weather can prevent a plane from going up. Over two-thirds of weather-related commercial airplane accidents turn fatal.
5. Flight into terrain
A controlled flight into terrain occurs when aircraft unintentionally hits an obstacle with no indication that the pilot lost control. A majority of these accidents occur when planes come too close to land.
6. Issues with fuel
Fuel issues encompass miscalculations in fuel quantity, amount of needed fuel or type of fuel. These accidents can also result if there’s a mechanical failure or malfunction in a fueling component.
Unfortunately, a great number of these tragedies go into an undetermined or unknown category. If wreckage is in unsafe regions or deep waters, it’s nearly impossible to investigate.
These are only some of the reasons for commercial airline accidents. There are other influences, including fires, dispatcher and air traffic controller errors, hijackings and bizarre bird strikes. Regardless of the cause, it’s important for victims and their families to understand their rights when it comes to pursuing compensation.