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2019 sees unusual number of aviation crashes in Alaska

New York residents should know that 2019 has been a bad year for aviation accidents, especially in Alaska. There were 85 accidents total in that state. Sixteen involved small aircraft that fall under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, such as air taxis and small commuters, and two involved Part 121 flights, or scheduled air carriers.

In all, 16 people died in commercial aviation accidents in Alaska: nearly twice as many as the decade average. Part 135 operators accounted for 19% of all accidents and 52% of all fatalities with six of the 16 small aircraft accidents ending in death. Eight of those small aircraft crashes resulted not in injuries or death but in substantial damage to the plane./p>

This damage was most often incurred in taxiway collisions when the plane would land in an unsuitable place, for example, or experience mechanical issues. Head injuries during turbulence were a commonly reported injury in some of the accidents. One fatal accident was a mid-air collision between two planes. While the accidents may be mostly the fault of the aircraft operators, it is clear that something must be done to improve the decision-making abilities of the companies themselves. Many of these companies have repeatedly seen crashes throughout the decade.

When a private airplane accident results in injury or death, the victim or the family of the decedent may be able to pursue a claim against the responsible party. However, there are many limitations to be aware of. Aircraft older than 18 years are immune from product liability claims, for instance, and general aviation pilots may carry no liability insurance. Victims may want to see a lawyer, then, about their options. The lawyer may handle the investigation process and then seek a settlement.

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