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Aviation accident numbers apparently on the rise in Alaska.

Soaring through the wide blue yonder of Alaska is an experience sought by many aviation enthusiasts and tourists. Logic would suggest, however, that the more planes there are in the sky, the higher chances become for an aviation accident to occur. The Federal Aviation Administration recently weighed in on the topic, issuing a warning to Alaska air operators.

There has been a reported increase of air accidents over the past year throughout the state. The FAA has turned to more than 200 pilots in Alaska, asking for help to address current safety issues. There were reportedly at least 24 deaths and serious injuries to pilots and passengers associated with accidents by Part 135 operations in the past 12 months.

When a plane flies into flat or rising ground, it is known as a "controlled flight into terrain" mishap. This means the pilot was in control of an airplane that suddenly hit ground, many times due to a low cloud ceiling or lack of visibility. The FAA says that many of these types of accidents are preventable if better safety measures and training of pilots take place ahead of time.

When an aviation accident in Alaska results in serious injury or death, legal grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim may exist. Surviving a plane crash often means that one's future will be filled with multiple surgeries and/or repeated medical visits that may bring about undue financial strain on a recovering victim. In a fatal accident, the financial burden often falls on surviving family members. In a successfully litigated case, the court may award a monetary judgment to help offset damages incurred because of an accident.

Source:, "Unprecedented FAA warning to Alaska air carriers follows spike in plane crashes", Zaz Hollander, Accessed on May 23, 2016

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