International flights are a much faster option for traveling overseas than taking a cruise. When you're making reservations, boarding your flight, and in the air, you're putting your trust in the airline and airplane manufacturer to keep you safe.
International airline crashes can lead to significant injuries, as well as mass fatalities. For the victims of these crashes and their family members, the aftermath can be devastating. One thing that often comes to mind when hearing about one of these crashes is finding out what happened.
There is a reason that the word "travel" has its roots in a Latin term for "work." It is exhausting, costly and time-consuming to travel great distances, even as we evolved from sailing ships and beasts of burden to engines and flight. Moreover, it is dangerous, as we see risks we never would have at home.
It is easy to fly from one part of the world to another without thinking much of it. But there are some astonishing feats of human engineering at work in an atmosphere with a lot of hazards. Some of those hazards are unpredictable even to the people who build and operate airplanes.
Many people are afraid of flying, despite the statistics that show it is a relatively safe way to travel great distances. But some fears can be founded when there are problems with one or more of the many systems that keep a jet functioning from takeoff to landing. The fear here is that something went wrong that could have been prevented.
The year 2018 was a particularly grim year for the aviation industry. It saw 62 accidents and had a total of 523 fatalities. New York residents will likely be happy to learn that data from January 1, 2019, through December 2, 2019, shows 2019 to be a much better year.
New York readers might be interested to learn that a former U.S. government crash investigator disputes an Indonesian NTSC report that blames faulty software for the crash of LionAir Flight 610 in October 2018. The report was issued in October of this year.
The tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 last March is known to almost everyone in New York and elsewhere by now. Months later, experts are no closer to learning the exact details surrounding the tragedy that claimed 157 lives. Nobody is sure whether the pilots could have made different decisions that may have prevented the plane from going down outside Addis Ababa. The only factor that is known for certain is that an automated flight system that has been blamed in other Boeing 737 mishaps contributed to the flight crew's inability to override automatic systems and make manual adjustments to the plane's trajectory.
As a New York resident with plans to fly internationally in the coming weeks or months, it may serve you well to find out exactly what type of aircraft you are set to fly on. Within the last six months, two fatal plane crashes claimed the lives of nearly 350 people, and both crashes involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, which first came onto the market in 2017. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that numerous airlines and nations have banned the use of these planes in the wake of the most recent fatal flight, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in plane wrecks pursue appropriate recourse.
There are many things that you may want to consider before taking legal action against a large aviation company. For example, you may not even be able to try your case in New York. Is your claim a high enough priority for you? Do you want to enter the legal process? If so, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP may be able to support you.