When a passenger gets on the plane, an accident usually only occurs in their worst nightmares.
Unfortunately, aviation accidents are a part of our world for various reasons. Surprisingly,
mechanical failures account for only a small part of total international aviation accidents. For
fatal accidents, “pilot error” accounts for 50% of all cases. If you were on a plane and were a
direct victim of pilot error, you have a team of aviation attorneys at your disposal. Call us today
Although 50% might seem like a high statistic, it makes sense considering that pilots have to
deal with everything from bad weather to mechanical issues, to executing a safe takeoff and
landing. Sometimes pilots might misread equipment, misjudge weather conditions, and
acknowledge mechanical errors in the last minute.
Pilots can also become incapacitated during critical points of a flight. During a Helio Airways
flight to Greece (2005), the plane crashed because the flight cabin depressurized, which
incapacitated the entire flight crew. In a South African AW flight (1976), the captain suffered a
heart attack and his first officer couldn’t control the plane in time. A Tokyo flight in 1987 was
caused by a psychologically troubled pilot who put the plane’s engines into reverse mid-flight. If
you’re on a flight with a psychologically troubled pilot, the airline can be held responsible for
your unfortunate circumstances. Call our team of personal injury attorneys today.
Controlled Flight into Terrain
Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) is one of the most common scenarios for a plane crash. It
refers to aircrafts that are piloted into the ground, mountains, water or other terrain. The term
itself was coined by aircraft manufacturer Boeing, who also argued that pilot error was the most
Causes of CFIT are various. Sometimes the pilot could run into bad weather which leads to poor
line of sight. One famous example was the crashing of United Airlines flight 1973 in 1978, when
the captain allowed the plane to run out of fuel while circling Portland, Oregon. It crashed and
resulted in the loss of 10 lives. While the fuel was running out, the crew was focusing their
investigation on the landing gear to see that it was deployed properly after noticing a jolt and the
plane moving to the right.
After this scenario was over, a heightened need for crews to properly interact as a team paved the
way for a new management technique called Crew Resource Management. Crew members were
trained to notice fuel that was running low, and to communicate this information effectively to
If you were on a plane where the crew followed incorrect procedures and were poorly trained
beforehand, you may have a case against the airline and crew. Call our team of personal injury
attorneys today at 888-355-4752.