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The most common causes of aviation accidents

While most people in Alaska are afraid of being involved in an airplane accident, the most common reasons for these incidents are not well understood. Terrorism and unsafe aircraft are increasingly suspected, but planes are more often brought down for other reasons. We at the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider have detailed the most common reasons for aviation accidents.


In most cases, planes are brought down because of human errors, as reported by The Conversation. This could be a mistake made on the part of the pilot or one of the many other people involved in the aircraft’s flight. Your plane would most likely crash due to pilot errors, since these account for 50 percent of the total number of aviation accidents. Mistakes can be made involving the calculations, programming and navigation required during any stage of the flight. Dispatchers, fuellers, loaders, maintenance engineers and air traffic controllers can also make errors that can prove deadly.


While you may fear weather most of all, only 10 percent of all aviation accidents are the result of bad weather. Most pilots are experienced at flying in fog, snow and storms. Crashes do sometimes occur, but they are rare.


Another common cause of aircraft crashes is equipment failure. With so many working parts, mistakes in the manufacture and construction of just one of components can lead to catastrophe. Mechanical failures are the cause of approximately 20 percent of all aviation accidents. If you would like more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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