In the Fall of 2017, New Yorkers interested in aviation safety may have been paying attention to the ruling in a case of aircraft design defects. The U.S. Department of Justice reported that the President of Aerospec, Inc. received a sentence of two years' imprisonment and three years supervised release.
If the skies could speak, they might reveal a galaxy of secrets from aviation history. From the earliest design flaws in the Christmas Bullet - an early 1900's plane intended to have flapping wings - to the malfunctions engineers say caused recent engine failures in Boeing aircraft, structural defects create serious problems for the airline industry. Fatal plane crashes in New York and around the world leave family members to question who has the final say when design defects have catastrophic outcomes.
If you are a typical New Yorker, commercial airline flights are a normal part of your life. If you work for one of the many companies that own a private jet or helicopter, you likely are well acquainted with corporate business flights, too. You may even have friends who own their own private plane or own one yourself. Has it ever occurred to you to wonder if these small planes are safe?
In the television show "Dead Like Me," the main character was killed by a toilet seat falling from a commercial airplane. This is certainly a frightening prospect, and you might worry if something similar could happen to you. After all, countless planes fly over New York every day. It might seem only a matter of time until something falls from a plane and lands on someone.
At Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, in New York, we understand that a plane crash may be the type of accident you most fear. Whether the crash involves a sightseeing helicopter, a private plane or a huge commercial jet, your life is at stake in any kind of aviation accident.
Boarding a helicopter in New York or another part of the United States poses inevitable risks, but pilots who abuse substances before getting behind helicopter controls considerably amplify these risks. A recent Albuquerque, New Mexico, helicopter crash offered possible evidence of this, as an autopsy report that followed the fatal crash revealed the pilot had fentanyl in his system at the time the incident occurred.
When you board a commercial aircraft in New York, you probably do not ask yourself the last time the plane underwent inspection. Why? Chances are, you trust that the airline itself has a team of mechanics in place who are making sure the aircraft is safe for flight. Regrettably, however, it appears that at least one major airline is questioning its mechanics when they report issues and discouraging them from reporting identified problems.