When you board an airplane in New York or another part of the nation or world, you probably feel relatively confident that you will land in your final destination without facing too much trouble. The past year was a particularly tough one for airplane passengers, however, with worldwide airline fatalities reaching their highest number since 2014. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that airplane crashes frequently have catastrophic results, and we have helped many people who lost loved ones in airplane crashes pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
According to Forbes, 555 people lost their lives in 16 plane crashes as of Dec. 27, 2018, which is a more than 900-percent increase over the year prior. In 2017, which some dubbed, "the safest year ever," 59 people lost their lives in plane crashes. As for what is responsible for the uptick in this year's plane fatalities, the answer is not entirely clear.
In one deadly 2018 plane crash that killed 66 people, an exact cause is not yet known, although some believe a failure to properly de-ice the plane before takeoff likely contributed to its issues. The deadliest plane crash of 2018, meanwhile, claimed the lives of 189 people, and numerous questions surround the incident.
Some believe the plane involved in the fatal wreck was clearly dangerous, while others claim that a lack of proper training among the plane's pilots also likely contributed to the crash. In several other instances, causes for the deadly crashes have not yet been determined. You can find out more about major airline accidents on our webpage.