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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 Engine Failure

Helicopters are extraordinary machines that can operate in ways other aircrafts can’t. However, because of their unique features, special precautions must be made to ensure safety. Engine-related mechanical malfunctions are one of the leading causes of helicopter accidents, according to the Helicopter Safety Advisory. Unfortunately, helicopter engine failure is not uncommon and often results in serious injury or death.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death in an accident due to helicopter engine failure, please contact us to learn more about how to seek compensation for your losses and suffering.

What causes helicopter engine failure?

A severe mechanical or electrical malfunction can cause helicopter engine failure. In the event of engine failure, a helicopter pilot has only a few seconds to take the proper actions or else the machine cannot be recovered. Autorotation used in emergency situations can generate motion in the rotor blades to lift and glide the helicopter to an emergency landing. However, autorotation cannot always be used, particularly at altitudes below 400 feet. Flying low and fast may not give a pilot enough time to react to engine failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the agency responsible for investigating all aircraft accidents. In the event of a helicopter crash, the NTSB will determine the cause of the accident. If the crash was a result of helicopter engine failure, a number of parties may be held responsible for the accident including, but not limited to:

  • The manufacturer or seller of the engine
  • The maintenance or repair crew
  • The owner or operator of the aircraft
  • The designer of the helicopter and its components

What are my legal rights?

If you or a loved one was involved in a helicopter accident caused by or involving engine failure, you may be eligible to file an aviation lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. A qualified aviation attorney can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action for you.

Please contact us today to learn more about helicopter engine failures or to speak with an experienced attorney who can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.

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