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.
"Pilots face five years in prison for flying drunk"
June 9, 2005
After jurors deliberated in the trial of two America West pilots accused of being drunk in the cockpit, they found Thomas Cloyd and Christopher Hughes guilty of operating an aircraft while drunk in 2002.
The pilots drank 14 beers between them the night before their Phoenix-bound jet was to depart. Prosecutors said the pilots ended their all-night drinking binge at a sports bar at 4:40 a.m. on July 1, 2002, which was just six hours before their flight was set for takeoff. Their registered blood-alcohol levels were above Florida's 0.08 legal limit hours later, where they would be taking off from Miami International Airport.
Security screeners smelled alcohol on the two pilots and they were arrested after their plane had just been pushed back from the gate and police ordered its return. After their arrest, the two pilots were fired from America West and lost their pilot's licenses.
Now facing a minimum of probation and a maximum of five years in prison, the Assistant State Attorney Deisy Rodriguez said the former pilots put 117 passengers and crew in grave danger.
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