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Small plane crash injures two after power loss

Although commercial airline accidents can affect hundreds of people at once, small planes are in many ways more likely to be affected by some sort of problem. Many smaller aircraft have been in service for longer, and they can be affected by weather phenomena more gravely than heavier planes.

Maintenance issues can also plague small planes and interrupt flights that would otherwise come off without a hitch. Two people were injured on the ground outside Houston when their plane reportedly lost power and crashed into a residential neighborhood below.

Data will help investigation into downed airliner

There is a reason that the word "travel" has its roots in a Latin term for "work." It is exhausting, costly and time-consuming to travel great distances, even as we evolved from sailing ships and beasts of burden to engines and flight. Moreover, it is dangerous, as we see risks we never would have at home.

International conflict has been known to affect civil aviation, even though numerous treaties and agreements by nations have resolved to avoid that. Accidents that involve the territory or citizens of different countries are often complicated by jurisdiction, even if states are not involved in the causes.

Crash victim survivors dispute NTSB report in lawsuit

When a bad accident happens, one of the first questions that people have is about who to blame. It may not help the situation at all, but we often need to understand why important things happen. In the case of legal disputes around the consequences of accidents, however, nothing is more important to work out.

A helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two law enforcement officers is being held under scrutiny as the survivors of the victims are disputing the official story of what happened. An investigation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) claimed that the accident happened because the pilot was not trained in a specific situation that occurred on the day of the crash.

What is the Montreal Convention?

Have you been injured on a plane? Do you know if what happened qualifies as an accident under the law? It may not be clear immediately, but the Montreal Convention helps passengers and crew alike understand what their rights and responsibilities are during or after a high-speed journey through the air between countries.

  • What is the Montreal Convention?

This convention led to an agreement on how international air carriers treat their passengers and others who pay for their services. In the event that something goes wrong and a passenger wants to know their rights in addressing it, the convention can help.

  • What is classified as an accident?

How can parts manufacturers be liable after a plane crash?

It may seem clear who was at fault in a plane crash, but the truth may not be as simple as appearances. Although pilots and crew must adhere to strict guidelines for safe aircraft operation, their own human error is not the only reasons that things don't go well on flights.

  • What else may cause an aircraft malfunction or problem?

Fixed-wing aircraft, as well as helicopters, are incredibly complex machines with thousands of parts that must work in perfect operation. Faulty parts or out-of-date maintenance procedures can doom a flight before a pilot is even assigned to it.

  • How are manufacturers and distributors held accountable?

NTSB report on fatal air crash may not have all the details

If you would check to make sure your car tires are inflated before you start on a drive, you would take some safety precautions before you start the engine of a plane. But most people who fly to get places don't know or care much about the maintenance involved in maintaining a safely operating plane.

Although large jet airliners often have complicated and recorded maintenance procedures, record keeping and precautions may vary with smaller operators. A recent investigation into a fatal air crash shows that even federal reports on accidents may not tell the whole story in these incidents.

Survivor recalls final moments of doomed flight

It is easy to fly from one part of the world to another without thinking much of it. But there are some astonishing feats of human engineering at work in an atmosphere with a lot of hazards. Some of those hazards are unpredictable even to the people who build and operate airplanes.

A man on a recent flight that ended in disaster reported that all was well until relatively soon before the crash. The pilot went on the intercom to report that the landing may be "troublesome." The next thing in the man's memory is waking up amid chaos after the plane struck a neighborhood near the destination airport.

How do lawsuits apply to aircraft product design problems?

There are few products that are more important to their users' safety than airplane and helicopter components. This is because the slightest problem can endanger property and life in an instant. How can designers and manufacturers be held accountable?

  • What is the nature of aircraft design defects in law?

Accident reports and other documents are very important to investigations because there are multiple reasons that an aircraft could experience a problem. Pilots are often legally liable for the safety of people in their aircrafts, but the manufacturers of planes and parts can also be at fault under certain circumstances.

  • What are these circumstances?

2 more lawsuits filed over small plane crash

People step on and off jetliners and other aircraft every day without thinking much of the risks involved. After all, jumbo jets are sleek machines that brings millions of people places every week without a major incident. But it is still possible for something to go wrong in the air.

The dangers may be higher for smaller aircraft, as pilots may lose control in rough conditions and their hulls may not be as hardy in emergency conditions. Although the capacity of a smaller aircraft is usually no larger than a dozen, the lives inside are dependent on the safety of the plane.

Counterfeit aircraft parts can make their way onto U.S. planes

When it's time to replace parts or even entire airplanes, owners and airlines are often looking for a deal. The history of commercial aviation shows that lower prices win out, and designers put ever more seats and spaces in for more fliers.

This may not be true with small aircraft owners or pleasure fliers, but one problem can easily affect all people responsible for airplanes and helicopters. Cheaper parts are often tempting, but they may be too good an idea to be true.

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