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Are design defects a common cause of small plane crashes?

When a plane crashes, there is an immediate rush to figure out why it crashed. Authorities want to know what went wrong. They use the information gathered to help prevent the same thing from happening in the future. While this is a great thing and authorities in New York do a good job of assessing issues, sometimes the real problem is overlooked.

According to The Washington Post, when it comes to small plane crashes, pilot error is often listed as the cause. However, in many of these cases, the real cause is plane design defects. The issue with these causes being misdiagnosed is the problems or defects go unresolved. You could get on a plane with a known defect and end up in a crash because nothing was ever done about the issue.

When an investigation does not get to the real cause of an accident, it puts everyone at risk. Small planes are more likely to crash than commercial planes. In addition, the investigations may not always be as thorough. Manufacturers may more easily get away with lying or covering up defects to avoid lawsuits and other costs associated with fixing issues. 

Small plane crashes happen quite often, and while many may be due to pilot errors or similar issues, some are due to defects that are not being discovered. Figuring out how to uncover these defects could help to increase the safety of small planes. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. 

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