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Common causes of small plane crashes

Many plane crashes that occur across New York and the United States involve small planes, and your odds of getting in a serious plane crash are higher when you travel in a small, private aircraft than a large commercial carrier. Many small plane crashes involve similar factors, and recognizing what is causing most of these crashes can help pilots, manufacturers and others with interests in the aviation industry work to enhance industry safety. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we have a firm understanding of what is causing many modern aviation accidents, and we have helped many clients seek recourse after suffering injury or losing a loved in a plane crash.

Per the Washington Post, pilots often receive blame for plane crashes when in actuality, the cause is something like a defective part or a dangerous design. Furthermore, a recent investigation revealed that many problems involving defective parts and designs are quite common and widespread, and that some aircraft manufacturers have sought to cover up such problems and hide them from federal officials, further endangering you and anyone else who rides in small planes.

For example, some planes feature ice-protection systems that should inform pilots when ice buildup becomes so considerable that the plane can no longer travel safely, but many of these systems are defective. Another common cause of small plane crashes is faulty airline exhaust systems. When they are defective, leaks can occur, and these gas leaks can in turn lead to engine fires, which can down the plane.

Many small planes also have problems with their fuel tanks, or fuel tanks that feature inadequate designs. More specifically, some tanks are prone to rupturing and catching fire, and such tanks have received considerable blame for causing large fires that burn passengers following relatively low-impact crashes they otherwise would have probably survived. More about small plane crashes is available on our web page.

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