Although their role may seem far removed from New York's air traffic controls, flight patterns and the day-to-day of planes in mid-air, manufacturers of the parts that make up those planes carry a heavy responsibility. The safety of pilots and passengers alike fall into their hands.
Whether you board a flight for a destination an hour from your home or 20 hours to the other side of the planet, you want to know those producers take their responsibility seriously, creating aircraft free from product defects. Disasters result when mistakes occur.
NTSB blames aircraft product defects for crash
In 2014, the flight of a Socata TBM 900 from New York to Florida never made it to its destination. In 2017, the Naples Daily News reported the findings of a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the crash. The Board concluded "an overheat switch had been activated, cutting off the air supply to the cabin of the plane."
The Naples Daily News also noted the NTSB's findings that the cabin pressurization system in the airplane had a tendency to shut down unnecessarily, and this particular product defect resulted in the death of those aboard the plane.
For the family, the report was long awaited. According to the Naples Daily News, they had spared no expense to salvage the plane, and the news that pilot error did not cause the crash was welcome.
Aircraft manufacturer responds with better safety procedures
Another aspect of this story that has a positive tone is the fact that airplane manufacturer Daher-Socata has made a significant change to its training manuals as a result of the 2014 crash. The manuals used to tell pilots to "problem-solve before putting on their oxygen masks." Now, they instruct the pilots - just like passengers - to "don their oxygen masks before doing anything else."
This information only intends to educate about aircraft product defects and does not offer legal advice.