Airline & Airplane Accidents

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Aviation accidents can happen for all sorts of reasons. Thankfully, they don’t happen very often at all, but when they do, the results can be catastrophic. For this reason, there are some fairly strict guidelines set forth by certain governing agencies that airlines must follow in order to remain in operation and offer their services to the public.

Causes of airplane accidents can range from the obvious human error to the not so obvious mechanical error. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has set clear safety guidelines for pilots, aircraft manufacturers, as well as all flight operations, but whether these standards are enforced carefully enough to ensure the safety of passengers and crew to prevent accidents is always the question.

On October 19, 2004 one such question arose when an airliner struck trees on its final approach to the airport and crashed short of the runway at Kirksville, Missouri. The captain, the first officer, and 11 of the 13 passengers were fatally injured, while the 2 passengers that survived received serious injuries. The airplane was completely destroyed by the impact and post-impact fire. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause(s) of the accident was the pilots’ failure to follow established procedures and to properly conduct a non-precision instrument approach at night. The pilots’ unprofessional behavior during the flight, along with their fatigue, likely contributed to their degraded performance.

When you hear about such things, do you ever wonder who takes responsibility when such monumental disasters like this occur? Depending upon the exact cause of the accident, potential liable parties vary. In cases where the accident was due to a malfunction because of defective parts, for example, the manufacturer may be at least partly liable. Owners and operators are, of course, liable for the condition of their airplanes. When pilot error is a factor in cases like the one above, that also comes into play.

When an aviation accident does occur, several governing agencies become involved. These can include:

  • The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), an independent federal agency in charge of investigating every civil aviation accident that takes place in the United States
  • The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), a separate element of the U.S. government that is primarily responsible for the safety of civil aviation
  • The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), whose role is to investigate the possibility of sabotage or any other criminal act that may have contributed in any way to the accident
  • Other agencies such as the Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency and Management Agency) or other state, local, or even foreign agencies (when appropriate) may be involved when the situation calls for it.

The NTSB also has a role in working toward preventing future accidents, so it will issue safety recommendations toward that end. Additionally, this organization maintains the government’s database on any significant aviation accident issues.

In the state of Connecticut, an attorney who understands aviation law can help you by working with the governing agencies (such as those listed above) and represent you with any legal problems related to aviation accidents. At Balzano and Tropiano, we will work with you on personal injury issues related to aviation accidents in Connecticut. If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation related accident, call us today, we can help. We will work with you to see that you receive the compensation you deserve.