It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.
The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.
Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.
"Aviation related deaths increase in 2003"
March 23, 2004
In 2003 alone, nearly 700 people died from U.S. civil aviation accidents, with deaths from the previous year jumping by 79 to 695. While overall fatal crashes only increased by six, the high number of aviation crash fatalities was significant. The January 2003 crash killed 21 people when a US Airways commuter plane operated by Air Midwest in Charlotte, North Carolina had maintenance problems. The National Transportation Safety Board reported the government figures but did not give explanations for the increases.
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