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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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Helicopter Collisions

Because of a helicopter’s unique design and special ability to hover and fly at low altitudes, there are a number of important safety challenges that must be met to avoid helicopter collisions. Helicopter collisions with other objects often result in devastating events that cause serious injury or death to the pilot, passengers, and other parties involved in the collision.

Helicopter collision risks

Many risk factors could lead to helicopter collisions. Helicopters often fly amidst busy dense airport traffic or at low enough altitudes so that power lines, trees, towers, bridges, skyscrapers, mountains, and other obstacles may get in the way, significantly increasing the risk of helicopter collisions.

Even at relatively high altitudes, helicopters may collide mid-air with other aircrafts if any sort of operational error or mechanical malfunction occurs. Poor weather can also increase the risks of helicopter collisions by impairing the pilot’s vision or causing other malfunctions.

Causes of helicopter collisions

Most helicopter collisions involve operational errors or mechanical malfunctions. Common causes of helicopter collisions include, but are not limited to:

  • Pilot error - It is the pilot’s duty to ensure a safe flight by preparing an adequate flight plan, which includes information about dense traffic areas, possible weather changes, environmental surroundings, and other obstacles that could lead to helicopter collisions
  • Poor visibility – Dust, rain, haze, glare, and dirty windshields can result in helicopter collisions with trees, mountains, power lines, etc.
  • Violation of cruising altitude rules – If a pilot violates rules and regulations pertaining to the safe level of cruising altitude, a helicopter collision may occur.
  • Lack of aircraft lighting – Operation lights, anti-collision lights, position lights, and exterior lighting must be used during night flights to be as visible as possible to other aircrafts.
  • Violation of FAA regulations – All guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration must be met to reduce the risks of helicopter collisions.
  • Electrical malfunctions – Electrical shorts or other serious malfunctions may cause the helicopter to lose control and collide with surrounding objects.

Have you suffered from a helicopter collision injury?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death from a helicopter collision, you may be eligible to file an aviation lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including medical bills, lost income capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified attorney who can evaluate your case FREE of charge and determine the best course of action for you.

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