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FAA considers fines over possible defective plane parts

Commercial air flight is certainly the fastest way to cross the major distances on the planet, and it remains one of the safest. The chances of a serious injury or death on board a large airliner is still far less likely than a car accident or other incident on land or sea. This is why any accident is investigated when it affects the security of plane trips.

Can safety products on airplanes have defects?

As a New York resident who has flown even once or twice in your life, you are likely familiar with the safety talk that flight attendants give at the beginning of every flight. Many of us take it for granted that the equipment being introduced in this talk will work as it should - but what if it doesn't? We at Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, will take a look at safety product defects in airplanes today.

Senate committee questions FAA official regarding 737 MAX crashes

Almost a year ago, New York residents received the devastating news of a crash involving an American-made Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane in the Java Sea near Indonesia. It was only a few months later that a second crash occurred in Ethiopia involving the same type of plane. It recently came to light that an investigation into the first crash by the Federal Aviation Administration concluded that the likelihood of more crashes was high. The top safety official at the FAA recently appeared before a Senate subcommittee to answer questions regarding the FAA's decisions following the conclusion of the investigation. 

What kind of product liability damages can you collect?

When you board an airplane or helicopter in New York, you expect it to be airworthy and safe to ride in. You likely have heard or read the statistics that say air travel is safer than traveling in your own or someone else's vehicle. Occasionally, however, a plane can have or develop a defect that makes it unsafe and subject to a crash or other possibly catastrophic event.

How are aircraft product failures reported?

When you step aboard an aircraft, you trust that the plane will get you to your desired destination safely. To ensure the aircraft is safe to fly under high stress, heavy pressure and volatile weather conditions, it is critical that all of the parts of the plane are designed to work properly and are in perfect working condition. All product manufacturers are required to report any malfunctions, system failures and product defects that occur in order to minimize the risk of a catastrophic event.

Regular inspections of aircraft are critical

Whether you are boarding a commercial aircraft or flying your own small airplane, you trust that all of the parts of the plane are in good working order. Aircraft parts are designed to withstand tremendous amounts of pressure, high stress loads and variances in temperature. When all of the parts are not working together, however, it could be recipe for disaster. Aircraft collisions and crashes could be due to airplane defects or design wear and tear in different parts of the plane. These include:

When could you sue an aviation manufacturer?

Many New York pilots do not have the funds or insurance necessary to cover a significant loss. The same is true even of some small transportation or tourism companies. If you were injured, or if you experienced the loss of a loved one, the other party's financial shortcoming could be ruinous to your quality of life going forward from the incident. 

Crash investigation finds aircraft product defects

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.

Drones are popular, but are they safe?

In 2017, the Consumers Union wrote an open letter online to address the House Transportation Committee's aviation panel. The CU voiced concern over the increasing use of drones and the potential for injuries because of design defects. Whether you live in New York or in other parts of the U.S., you have likely noticed the growing popularity of drones among aviation fans. 

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