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Common causes of small plane accidents

If you live in New York, the thought of flying in a small plane may either excite you or terrify you. Although flying is a fear for some people, the chances of being in an accident is much greater with small aircraft than with large commercial jets. The following discusses the problem and some of the common causes of accidents. 

According to Live Science, accidents on corporate jets are down but there has been a 20% increase in personal aircraft accidents over the last decade and there has been a 25% increase in fatalities. Most of the private plane accidents occur due to a loss of control. While this is a general category, some examples of this include stalling and spinning out of control or flying in bad weather conditions and not being able to see.

Boeing slowing production of 737 Max jets after fatalities

When you board an aircraft in New York or another part of the country, you likely do so without thinking too much about whether the aircraft you will ride in is, in fact, safe for travel. Regrettably, several recent fatal plane crashes have raised concerns about air travel and potentially defective flight control software, and so much so that the company behind the planes at the center of the controversy are slowing production on new ones. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand that many Americans are now hesitant to travel on these particular planes, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries or lost loved ones in plane crashes seek recourse.

According to NPR, Boeing, the company behind theĀ Boeing 737 Max planes involved in both fatal crashes, is reducing production on the controversial aircraft, transitioning from manufacturing 52 of the planes each month to 42. Though Boeing has about 4,600 orders for the plane that are outstanding, many passengers across the United States and the globe are becoming fearful of boarding these particular airplanes because much is still unknown about what caused the two recent crashes.

Who is to blame for aviation education accidents?

Human flight, once an unattainable dream, is now well within the grasp of many people. However, it still takes considerable training and dedication to master the operation of aircraft.

This necessity for intellectual investment leads to an extensive secondary industry of professional education. Teachers, universities, airports and even equipment manufacturers compete to attract students. If your loved one were injured studying, you may find it difficult to assign responsibility.

World awaits FAA decision on Boeing proposal

People who live in New York have no doubt been concerned about the safety of airline travel, especially after two fatal accidents have been likely linked to defaults in a specific aircraft designed and produced by a market leader in commercial aviation. Worldwide, the Boeing 737 Max aircraft has been grounded as a result but what is really needed to revive consumer trust is some way of knowing how the problem can be fixed.

As reported by CNBC, the aircraft manufacturer put forth a proposal to address the problems recently. Now, the matter is in the hands of the Federal Aviation Administration as it reviews the proposal to determine whether or not it will approve it. If that happens, however, the planes will not be released to the air immediately. It could actually take as long as three months before that happens.

What should I know about depression in pilots?

Depression is an affliction many people in New York deal with, and unfortunately, airline pilots are no exception. A 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times cited research that found that 13 percent of the commercial airline pilots in the United States are possibly suffering from a state of depression, with about 1 in 25 pilots having reported suicidal thoughts. Although the L.A. Times emphasizes that airplane flights remain a safe mode of transportation, nonetheless the problem of depressed pilots does create the potential for airplane accidents.

The L.A. Times pieces identifies special burdens that pilots carry in addition to the normal problems a person may experience in everyday life. Unlike an individual who works a normal nine to five job, a pilot works schedules that shift around, creating an irregular work schedule. The hours may also be long. The combination of long hours and shifting schedules can result in irregular sleep patterns. All of these factors can contribute to depression.

Countries, airlines grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 after fatal crash

As a New York resident with plans to fly internationally in the coming weeks or months, it may serve you well to find out exactly what type of aircraft you are set to fly on. Within the last six months, two fatal plane crashes claimed the lives of nearly 350 people, and both crashes involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, which first came onto the market in 2017. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that numerous airlines and nations have banned the use of these planes in the wake of the most recent fatal flight, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in plane wrecks pursue appropriate recourse.

According to the New York Times, the most recent fatal plane crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 led at least 12 other carriers, among them American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, to halt all use of these planes for the time being. Originally touted as a win for passengers thanks to features that include more legroom and a quieter interior cabin, the plane is now facing intense scrutiny as safety experts and technicians attempt to determine what caused these fatal crashes.

Confidence bringing suit against international aviation companies

There are many things that you may want to consider before taking legal action against a large aviation company. For example, you may not even be able to try your case in New York. Is your claim a high enough priority for you? Do you want to enter the legal process? If so, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP may be able to support you.

We know the strategies of the legal teams that represent insurance companies, aviation manufacturers and airlines. We believe that this insight helps us pursue our clients' interests in a variety of ways.

Inexperienced pilots and small plane crashes

Small plane crashes happen for a myriad of reasons, whether a pilot is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while flying or a pilot disregards safety measures that can help prevent an accident. Inexperience is another reason why small plane accidents occur, and there are some people who take to the sky even though they are not ready. Sadly, these accidents can result in the loss of life, and many people have passed away as a result of inexperienced pilots. If you have lost a loved one in such a crash, it may be necessary to look into your legal options.

An inexperienced pilot can be dangerous for a number of reasons. For example, a pilot who lacks experience and familiarity with landing a plane may have difficulty during an attempt, and pilots who do not have very much experience may struggle to control the aircraft during inclement weather (such as strong winds, heavy snow and so on). Some may attempt to fly when weather conditions are extremely poor, placing lives at risk (including their own).

Can a drone cause a plane crash?

Over the last few years, drones have exponentially increased in popularity. While they definitely have pending applications in commerce and elsewhere, there is a concern about the impact drones could conceivably have on commercial air flights. Reuters explains some of these concerns along with the steps U.S. lawmakers are taking to prevent drone-related air catastrophes from occurring.

Last December, many flights at London's Gatwick Airport were halted due to the presence of drones. This and other similar occurrences spurred concern about the possibility of a drone causing a commercial airline crash. One American lawmaker responded by calling for increased regulation of drones, of which there are about 1.3 million registered for use in the U.S. Of course, these numbers don't account for drones that are not registered, and current estimates point to potentially hundreds of thousands of drones in that category.

The 3 types of product defects

Although a relatively safe mode of transportation, private and commercial plane crashes do occur in New York and throughout the U.S. Such accidents may be caused by any number of factors, including aviation product defects.

According to FindLaw, there are three types of product defects that may create liability for serious injuries or deaths that occur as a result of airplane crashes - design, manufacturing and failure-to-warn. Design defects are inherent flaws or deficiencies that exist in an entire product line or in every product of a particular model that creates unreasonable danger for consumers. For example, a new bolt design may increase efficiency, but the vibrations caused by the planes' engines could cause these updated bolts to loosen and cause significant systems failures.

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