If you live in New York and frequently travel by plane, you may have concerns about just how safe it is to travel via aircraft, given that small and commercial plane crashes frequently make headlines. Given how far aircraft construction has come in recent years, a rising number of plane crashes have ties to pilot errors, rather than mechanical failures, so it is important that you, as a passenger, learn to recognize common pilot mistakes. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand that catastrophic injuries and even death can result when pilots make errors, and we have helped many aircraft passengers and their families seek recourse after crashes.
Per PilotSafety.org, many pilot mistakes arise from similar circumstances, and many pilot errors are also easily avoidable. For example, one of the most common pilot errors that can endanger you and other passengers involves a pilot not getting a complete weather report before taking to the skies. Additionally, some pilots make errors because they fail to conduct a thorough preflight check. Typically, pilots reserve at least 10 minutes before taking off to inspect the aircraft, ensure adequate fuel and so on, but some pilots skip this critical step, exposing themselves and their aircrafts to potential dangers.
Some pilots also fail to allow their planes adequate time to warm up, but failing to do so can lead to trouble. When snow or ice builds up on an aircraft, it can increase the weight of the plane, and it can also impact airflow, making it harder to commandeer the aircraft.
Yet another common pilot error involves failing to file a Visual Flight Rule Plan. If your pilot fails to do so and your aircraft goes down, how will anyone know where to begin to search for survivors? Furthermore, some pilots fail to utilize flight-tracking services that help prevent mid-air collisions with other aircraft. While this information provides you with an overview of some common mistakes made by pilots, this is not an exhaustive list. More about aviation and plane crashes is available on our web page.