Flying in small aircraft often has greater risk than flying in large aircraft, although accidents may occur with either of them. Sometimes plane crashes occur on the ground and can be relatively minor, while high-speed collisions or collisions at high altitudes may result in serious injury or death. The collision can be emotionally and physically damaging for both passengers and crew.
Sometimes malfunctions are caused by equipment malfunction or human error. If you or someone you know is involved in a plane crash, a personal injury lawyer can help determine who is legally responsible and can help the victims of the crash and the families of the victims fight to obtain compensation.
Causes of aircraft crashes
There are a number of interference factors or errors that can cause a plane crash, including:
- The storm enters. Lightning can interfere with equipment function, and strong winds can blow the plane off course or cause the pilot to lose control of the plane.
- Equipment malfunction. Readings on equipment may be wrong, or devices may stop working altogether.
- Incorrect maintenance. Maintenance workers may fail to pick up a worn out part or other defective equipment, or they may install an incorrect part.
- Pilot's fault. The pilot may incorrectly interpret the readings, miss certain instructions or cause the plane to crash.
- Control tower error. Air traffic controllers may err on aircraft laps or pass incorrect instructions to pilots, which may lead to crashes.
Avoid a crash or injury
As a pilot or crew member on a personal plane, always check your weather and equipment and training course before departure. If you feel something is wrong with the plane, do not attempt to fly. Always check the control tower instructions and readings for navigational instruments. If you feel something is wrong during the flight, inform the crew and the control tower of the problem and try to land on the plane as soon as possible.
If you're traveling, the best thing you can do is stay calm and follow crew instructions. Keeping calm during a collision and listening to directions can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.