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4 common pilot errors that cause aviation accidents

When it comes to helicopter and small plane accidents, pilot error is a serious issue. In fact, pilot error is the cause of eighty-five percent of all aviation accidents. When you go on a flight tour in Alaska, you expect the pilot to be safe and responsible. 

Unfortunately, not all pilots follow the proper protocols to keep you safe. Here are some of the most common pilot errors that result in plane and helicopter accidents:

1. Showing off

Aviation tours of Alaska are exhilarating, but that does not have to mean they are dangerous. If you hear a pilot say "Watch this," you may have a cause for concern. A pilot may want to do some risky, low-level maneuvering to give you an unforgettable experience. Well, getting in a crash and sustaining serious injuries is sure to be unforgettable. 

2. Inadequate planning

No matter how much experience a pilot has, he or she must always do thorough pre-flight preparation. Pilots must anticipate any bad weather conditions, flight restrictions or empty fuel tanks. If a pilot is not ready, you may encounter nasty weather or the plane may run out of fuel mid-flight. 

3. Insufficient inspections

The pilot must ensure his or her plane undergoes a thorough inspection. If a pilot simply does a quick walk-around and kicks the tires, an accident is likely to occur. Pilots must comprehensively examine every aspect of the plane according to a strict checklist. 

4. Poor communication

Pilots must effectively communicate during all aspects of flight. They must talk to air traffic control personnel regularly and clearly. If there is a misunderstanding or lack of clarification, a disastrous wreck may ensue. 

Getting in a plane crash is one of the scariest things you can experience. When it occurs due to pilot mistakes, you may feel angry. Thankfully, it is possible to bring a legal claim against negligent pilots.

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