Flying can be a very scary experience for some people. They worry about what could go wrong, the training of the pilots and what would happen in an emergency situation. This is certainly not uncommon, as many people aren't familiar with how a plane operates and what it is capable of doing.
Thankfully, most plane trips are uneventful. There may be some turbulence or periodic drops, but overall, the ride is smooth and safe. Unfortunately, there are times when a mistake is made or a seemingly random event happens that puts the plane -- and those on board -- in danger of crashing.
In one article recently, a few pilots were asked to discuss the difference between normal situations in aviation travel and a few that may be cause for concern. In that article, which can be read here, pilots discussed common concerns that passengers on commercial flights have.
Overall, they noted that turbulence, shaking, dropping, engines cutting out and even fires may not be cause for concern. However, they specified that there are times when the situation could be very serious.
For example, they note that a plane shaking is not unusual, but a plane shaking and a low rumble could be an indication that the plan is approaching a stall, which could be disastrous.
Additionally, engine failure can be scary, but it is not always catastrophic. In many cases, one engine can fail but the other engine can compensate. However, if both engines fail at the same time -- for example, when large birds are ingested into them -- it could require emergency action.
Weather can also be a concern if pilots are not monitoring the Doppler radar that allows them to see -- and avoid -- stormy and dangerous conditions.
These are all factors and events that must be considered in the aftermath of a commercial aviation accident, as they can be very telling of what or who is to blame. In some cases, mechanical malfunctions are identified; in other cases, the evidence suggests that a pilot error led to a catastrophic crash. Thoroughly investigation the conditions that were in place prior to and during the accident can be crucial in helping victims and their families get the answers and compensation they deserve.