Millions of commuters fly daily on aircraft carriers all over the world, from city to city, coast to coast, and continent to continent. We never want to think about the flight being an unsuccessful one, or not reaching our destination. We take safety for granted, both on and off the plane as we enter through the security gate and sensors, and try to find a suitable seat once we board. We divert our attention to the flight attendant providing instructions on what to do in case of an emergency, or how to exit if we need to evacuate the plane if it has to land in a body of water. But sometimes, in the backs of our minds, we can’t help thinking about the “what if.”
Aviation accidents can be traced back to the first fatality in 1908 when pilot Orville Wright crashed his plane, killing the passenger traveling with him. From that point on, aircraft accidents have continued to occur over time, despite advances in aircraft technology, continued pilot training, and stringent aviation safety guidelines. Aviation accidents are a result of many actions. To name a few: pilot error caused the death of 583 on board a flight in Spain in 1977, and decompression malfunction on the aircraft caused 520 to die in a Japanese flight in 1985. In 2009, a Hudson River plane crash was caused when the plane hit a flock of geese. In 1999, an Egypt Air flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, with an initial report that the pilot intentionally directed the plane into the water. And, clearly, for many, the most horrific accident involving multiple aircrafts occurred on September 11, 2001.
Those are just a few of the aircraft accidents that we may have already heard about. There are many others that don’t make the news, with causes that include:
- Cargo door detaching
- Ice on wings
- Loss of engine
- Improper maintenance and mechanical failure
- Air traffic control diverting a plane to a runway already occupied by another plane
- Fires on the aircraft
- Plane being struck by lighting during a thunderstorm
- Pilot or crew impairment from drugs, fatigue or alcohol
Airplane Accidents remain among the most tragic, primarily because of the masses of people who are injured or killed at one time. The aftermath is devastating, yet air travel remains one of, if not the, safest mode of transportation. Studies in safety technologies and required guidelines have made huge advancements since the days of the Wright Brothers, and safety features are now required on all commuter aircrafts. Safety measures are now implemented that provide alerts in case of impending danger, backup sources for landing, and better construction of evacuation slides when landing on water.
If someone you love has died in an aviation accident, the investigation can be a very long process, particularly when dealing with multi-regions or a foreign aircraft carrier or country. The cause of accident is not always clear cut, and the families of other passengers will be vying for attention seeking justification and answers just like you. Begin the process by meeting with a law firm who is experienced with aviation accidents.
Aircraft carriers will continue to advance, and some say we will eventually have the opportunity to be transported to locations beyond the world as we know it. In the mean time, we rely on current safety conditions and construction of the aircraft to keep us safe in the air, and on the ground after a safe landing.