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Aviation Accidents

It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.

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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.

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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.

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"Florida Accidents New Focus of FAA"

July 7, 2006

The recent surge in Florida’s general aviation traffic has led to a growing number of accidents – a fact that has lately caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Florida is now the second busiest state in the nation in terms of air traffic. According to an MSNBC report, the increasingly crowded airspace in Florida is largely due to its clear weather and relatively flat landscape.

Despite the steady rise in air traffic, however, state regulations have decreased. For instance, the state has abandoned mandatory runway operation reports, adopting instead a voluntary online reporting system. Also, the expansion of private airports is now regulated by local zoning authorities.

These changes may be partly responsible for the growing number of aviation accidents in Florida, which are especially common in the central part of the state. During the last six years, the state has averaged 131 accidents annually with Volusia County averaging 10-12 a year.

In October 2006, the FAA plans to introduce the FAA Safety Team Program to focus on “elusive accident causes.” The new program will replace the agency’s Aviation Safety Program, which currently focuses on preventable accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, you may wish to consult with an experienced aviation attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.

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