It may seem clear who was at fault in a plane crash, but the truth may not be as simple as appearances. Although pilots and crew must adhere to strict guidelines for safe aircraft operation, their own human error is not the only reasons that things don't go well on flights.
When it's time to replace parts or even entire airplanes, owners and airlines are often looking for a deal. The history of commercial aviation shows that lower prices win out, and designers put ever more seats and spaces in for more fliers.
Aircraft take off and land safely thousands of times every day, so it may seem almost inevitable that flights always go safely. However, getting and staying airborne requires the smooth operation of hundreds of moving parts inside one of humanity's most complex machines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although a relatively safe mode of transportation, private and commercial plane crashes do occur in New York and throughout the U.S. Such accidents may be caused by any number of factors, including aviation product defects.
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: