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Do defects cause plane crashes?

Air travel is pretty safe in general. Whether you fly out of New York or into it, you are relying on many people's hard work to ensure your flight goes smoothly and that you get from one place to the other safely. However, as with any mode of transportation, things can sometimes go wrong. Someone drops the ball, and it leads to a plane crash. 

You may have heard that plane crashes are attributed to four main factors. These are human error, weather, intentional actions and mechanical failure. Humor error is to be expected in any case where humans are in control. It is just a part of human nature. Weather is uncontrollable, but luckily, there is plenty of technology that can help to avoid weather related issues. Intentional actions are pretty much unavoidable because the person behind the action is determined. However, there are many safeguards in place to prevent this from happening. 

How do commercial airline crashes impact aviation safety?

When a plane crashes, it is devastating. Typically, there are many lives lost and sometimes major property damage. However, planes take off out of New York multiple times a day and most have no problems whatsoever. In fact, when something does go wrong with a plane, it is carefully studied and helps result in changes within the aviation industry that make flying even safer for you. 

Popular Mechanics took a look at some significant airplane crashes that resulted in major improvements in air travel. One such incident was Aloha Airlines Flight 243. This was an old plane being used for a short flight over Hawaii, but due to age-related issues, it ended up coming apart in mid-air. While only, one person was killed, it did spurn the National Transportation Safety Board to start making stricter rules about the maintenance and use of aging aircraft. 

Effects of airplane crashes on survivors

Surviving the aftermath of a plane crash on a New York runway can be traumatizing for just about anyone who has made it through the ordeal. Whether a plane has crashed due to a design flaw, pilot error, or adverse weather conditions, survivors of an aviation incident have specific needs to be tended to, in addition to any required medical attention.

A piece in The Atlantic points out that the federal government’s National Transportation Safety Board Transportation Disaster Assistance Division, or TDA, assists crash survivors and families with four primary areas. These consist of the initial notification of the victim’s involvement in the disaster, accounting for the victims, providing access to resources and information, and finally, addressing the question of the victims’ personal belongings. Generally, air crash survivors have a lot of questions that need to be answered. According to the Atlantic piece, survivors may not immediately recall what had happened and may have questions about how they survived and how they were rescued. However, this is not the case for all survivors, as some do remember the circumstances of the crash in vivid detail.

Should I disturb the wreckage of an airplane?

Hypothetically, if you are an airplane operator that has managed to survive the crash of your small plane on a New York runway, or are associated with the crashed plane in some fashion, you may wonder if you are permitted to disturb the plane wreckage in any fashion. The National Transportation Safety Board lays out some simple guidelines for operators to follow in case of an airplane accident.

When it comes to the material components of the craft, the NTSB specifies that nothing is to be removed or modified from the wreckage. This includes the actual body of the plane, such as the wings, engine parts, the cockpit and landing gear. Documents stored in the craft must also remain with the plane. Additionally, operators should not disturb the plane's flight recorder or modify it in any way. All of these items and components are to be preserved until the NTSB decides to assume custody of them.

What international aviation conventions mean to individuals

A New Yorker may discover many legal challenges are involved in litigation after a plane crash. There are, however, unique hurdles to overcome when attempting any international action against a commercial carrier in a case involving an incident of loss or injury in a foreign country or over open seas. 

The airline industry was not always the powerhouse it is today. According to the Notre Dame Law Review, the Warsaw Convention was enacted early in the 20th century with terms to assign limited liability to carriers and cap maximum damages awarded during international design flaw or wrongful death disputes. This agreement largely protected nascent airlines from ruinous court decisions.

What happens when a drone falls from the sky?

The Federal Aviation Administration handles a variety of issues associated with aviation and traffic in the skies. This includes drones, which are becoming more common in New York airways. While drones may not fly as high as airplanes or other aircraft, they are still an aircraft product and face FAA regulations. They also are subject to accidents and issues that could cause you harm.

If you happen to be outside and a drone above your malfunctions, you could suffer serious injuries if it were to fall on you. Most often, this would be a head injury. Head injuries are always serious and require medical attention because the extent of the damage is not apparent to the naked eye.

Can the middle seat on an airplane be improved?

Like many people, you may not enjoy sitting in the middle seat when you fly out of New York. However, a new seating design could make this seat more comfortable.

You may not give much thought to the design of airplane seats and how this adds to or takes away from your comfort on the flight. Wired magazine says that a Colorado company focusing on aircraft designs has found a way that the middle seat could be more comfortable for travelers. While a new design would appeal to many people, one aviation analyst has said that some airlines may not be willing to incorporate it into their aircraft. This is because the revamped design would add weight to the aircraft, as well as decrease the amount of space available, and not all airlines may want to lose space on their planes.

80-year-old pilot walks away from plane crash

There’s an old adage that applies to airplane crashes, “any landing you can walk away from is a good one.” That popular saying was certainly on display when an 80-year-old pilot attempted to land a Cessna single engine plane at an airport in Connecticut last month.

The pilot was on approach to Robertson Airport when it veered to the left, clipped a large tree and fell violently onto its side. According to a nypost.com report, the crash occurred largely to an aborted landing. It is unclear as to what caused the pilot to abandon the initial approach, but the situation exemplifies the importance of thorough investigations. 

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.

The most common causes of airplane accidents

When it comes to international airplane accidents, there are many different reasons why an aircraft can go down. While  many people in New York are afraid of bad weather, this is not the biggest contributor to these accidents. We at Kreindler and Kreindler can fight for your rights if you or a loved one were injured or killed in an international plane crash.

Many people who are affected by this type of accident want to know what the cause of the crash was. Sometimes, this can be difficult to determine, but The Conversation reports on the most common causes of these accidents. The number one reason that planes go down is errors made by the pilot or co-pilot. While mechanical failures used to represent a larger portion of crashes, improved technology and manufacturing care has pushed those numbers down so that pilot errors are now blamed for around 50 percent of all airplane accidents. 

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