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Compass failures lead to issues on some plane flights

Anyone who opts to travel on an airline is putting their trust in the pilots who are operating the plane. Most pilots do their job duties with safety as the top priority; however, they also have to rely heavily on the equipment that's in the cockpit. Unfortunately, there are times when the equipment will fail.

Pilots are usually well trained on what to do if some of the equipment fails, so there's a chance that you'll never know if there's an issue in the cockpit. When the pilot can't compensate for the failed equipment, there could be serious consequences.

One piece of equipment that might cause issues in the cockpit is the compass. There are various things that the pilots might have to compensate for when they're in the air. In many cases, these issues are major, especially if the flight happens during the day and it's clear out. These challenges become more dangerous in inclement weather and at night.

Some of the more common compass errors include:

  • Magnetic deviation: Caused by local environmental interference
  • Magnetic inclination: Caused by being close to the North Pole or South Pole
  • Needle position errors: Commonly caused by banking, turning, accelerating, decelerating
  • Magnetic variation: Occurs when the magnetic north isn't the same as the North Pole or the magnetic south isn't the same as the South Pole

Anyone who's injured in an airline accident should ensure they get the medical care they need. Once they've done that, they may realize that they need to hold the liable parties accountable. This could include taking legal action against the airline if the issue is a pilot error or the component manufacturer if the issue is a defect or failure.

These legal options have strict time limits, so anyone in this position should ensure they work closely with an attorney who's familiar with the ins and outs of seeking compensation for aviation incidents.

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