There are few products that are more important to their users' safety than airplane and helicopter components. This is because the slightest problem can endanger property and life in an instant. How can designers and manufacturers be held accountable?
Airplanes and airlines can seem nearly flawless, even if their arrivals and departures are often late. Pilots are always trained professionals and nearly all commercial flights come off without a hitch. But the forces and mechanics involved mean that any one problem can cause a catastrophic failure.
We can take air travel for granted sometimes, while others can fret far too much about the possible dangers. Commercial flights are still safer than many other types of transport in and out of New York City, but accidents can happen if aircraft and the products that help run them are defective or out of date.
Those in New York who regularly fly may be interested in the recent investigation into Boeing, the largest plane manufacturer in the world. The investigation came from Indonesian aviation experts who looked into the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 plane crash. Investigators determined that design flaws in the 737 MAX Boeing plane contributed to the crash.
There are many things that people fear when boarding a plane, whether it is their first flight or their 100th. Turbulence, unruly passengers and malfunctioning equipment can top the list of frightening scenarios. You and other New York residents may also worry about flying in poor weather, especially during a thunderstorm. Just how risky is it for a plane to fly through lightning, you may wonder?
Billions of dollars are spent in the aviation industry, as new aircraft are built and older aircrafts are repaired and maintained. Airline pilots must be trained extensively to ensure they know how to operate the model of aircraft they are piloting. Working on massive air carriers and training pilots can be costly and time consuming. However, if something should go wrong with an airplane while taking off, in flight or landing, the lives of everyone on board is at stake.
When you board an aircraft in New York or another part of the country, you likely do so without thinking too much about whether the aircraft you will ride in is, in fact, safe for travel. Regrettably, several recent fatal plane crashes have raised concerns about air travel and potentially defective flight control software, and so much so that the company behind the planes at the center of the controversy are slowing production on new ones. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand that many Americans are now hesitant to travel on these particular planes, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries or lost loved ones in plane crashes seek recourse.
If you are a little intimidated about flying on a commercial aircraft, you are not alone. Many people are nervous when boarding an airplane, especially when flying long distances. Although the Federal Aviation Administration requires American aircraft to be inspected and maintained on a routine basis, accidents occur and unfortunately, lives have been lost due to equipment malfunctions and systems failures. As with all equipment and parts, aircraft equipment has aging patterns and diligent teams work to ensure people catch these problems before they result in a catastrophic accident.
Boarding a small plane or helicopter in New York or another part of the country brings with it inevitable risk, and while environmental conditions, pilot errors and similar circumstances can all cause crashes, manufacturing defects are another common area of concern. Recently, a thorough investigation into a deadly military helicopter crash revealed that a defect during the manufacturing process played a key role in the crash. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that aircraft defects and design flaws are common contributors to plane and helicopter crashes, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of manufacturing defects seek appropriate recourse.
When you decide to file an aircraft products liability lawsuit in New York, you will need to discuss with your attorney the legal theory or theories under which you should bring your case.