When most people think of what constitutes a commercial aviation accident, most people are likely to think of a plane crash after something goes wrong in the air. However, the potential for accidents certainly exists on the ground as well -- at the airport, either before or after a plane is scheduled to take off or land. With some airports seeing record numbers of traffic via planes from all over the world, some kind of incident on the ground would seem very possible.
When a commercial airplane goes down overseas, even if it is not a U.S.-based airline and no Americans are on board, is still important to examine because of the possibility that something similar could happen in this country. A recent international plane crash in Kazakhstan is an example of this.
As the four-year anniversary of a commercial aviation accident near Buffalo, New York, approaches, several wrongful death lawsuits are still working their way through federal court in regard to the crash, which took place in wintry weather. Continental Flight 3407 crashed in February 2009, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground.