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.
September 28, 2007 - Government Takes Action Regarding Delayed Flights
September 14, 2007 - New Flight Plan Sparks Lawsuit
August 3, 2007 - Airlines In Trouble
July 26, 2007 - Two Men Awarded $54M in Plane Crash Settlement
July 6, 2007 - Widows File Suits in Plane Crash
June 8, 2007 - "Plane Slams into Three Homes in California"
May 24, 2007 - "Unlicensed Pilot Not Held Accountable for Fatal Plane Crash"
April 26, 2007 - "Wrongful Death Lawsuit Reinstated"
March 20, 2007 - "Family of Man Hit by Plane Sues"
February 21, 2007 - "Plane Crash Kills Radio Host, Family Sues"
January 23, 2007 - "FAA: Runway Errors More Common than Expected"
December 29, 2006 - "Safety Officials Push for More Charter Flight Oversight"
December 5, 2006 - "Flight Crew at Fault in Texas Plane Crash"
November 22, 2006 - "Prominent Doctor Dies in Plane Crash "
November 7, 2006 - "NTSB Releases Helicopter Accident Reports"
October 24, 2006 - "Widow Sues FAA for Husband's Plane Crash"
October 13, 2006 - "Manhattan Plane Crash Kills Yankees Pitcher"
October 12, 2006 - "Yankees Pitcher Dies in Manhattan Plane Crash"
October 10, 2006 - "Sixth Lawsuit against Comair Filed"
September 26, 2006 - "Air Show Plane Crash Kills Three"
September 12, 2006 - "2004 Memo Warned of Potential Airport Disaster"
August 4, 2006 - "Widow Sues After Fatal Helicopter Crash"
Oct 10, 2006 - "Sixth Lawsuit against Comair Filed"
July 21, 2006 - "Chaos Amid Air Traffic Control Power Outage"
July 14, 2006 - "Group Demands Information on Flight 800 Crash"
July 7, 2006 - "Florida Accidents New Focus of FAA"
June 30, 2006 - "U.S. Goal to Cut Aviation Accidents 80% on Schedule"
June 23, 2006 - "Fatal Aviation Accident Prompts Another Lawsuit"
July 3, 2005 - "Pennsylvania DUI may soon include operating an aircraft"
June 9, 2005 - "Pilots face five years in prison for flying drunk"
May 20, 2005 - "Jurors visit site of Arkansas airplane crash"
May 19, 2005 - " Three passengers hit heads in turbulence on overhead bins"
March 23, 2004 - "Aviation related deaths increase in 2003"
November 15 - 2003, "AA Plane Crash That Killed all 260 Passengers and Crew Still Being Investigated"
August 2003 - "Airplane Crashes With Two Pilots on Board"
August 2003 - "New Anti-Crash Device for Aircrafts"
November 18, 2003 - NTSB issues conclusions and recommendations on Wellstone airplane crash
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its conclusions and recommendations following the investigation of the October 25, 2002 airplane crash killing Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife, their daughter, three aides, and two pilots.
Probable cause of the airplane crash was determined to be the flight crew’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed, leading to an aerodynamic stall that was never recovered. The airplane crash exposed inadequate accordance with standard guidelines at Aviation Charter. Even though the FAA surveillance of Aviation Charter showed it was in accordance with guidelines, the NTSB investigation surrounding the Wellstone airplane crash found the FAA’s surveillance was not sufficient enough to detect the discrepancies.
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August 11, 2003 - Alaska Air airplane crash probe ends
The criminal inquiry into the January 2000 Alaska Airlines airplane crashed that resulted in an absolute fatality of all 88 people aboard has been concluded. According to the airplane crash carrier, an investigation in March 2003 was reopened to review the previous NTSB findings in the final report on the accident. The government agency faulted the Seattle airline’s maintenance practices for the airplane crash, as well as placing some blame on the FAA for having deficient supervision of Alaska Air’s maintenance operations.
The devastating airplane crash had caused the FAA to have a special safety audit performed. What the FAA found was that the airline had serious problems in its’ maintenance, safety, training, and staffing. The airline has since increased staff in the maintenance areas, formed a safety department, and revamped pilot training following the airplane crash.
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May 12, 2003 - Larger Americans Increases Airplane Safety Concerns
After the US Airways Express Flight 5481 crash in January 2002 that killed all 21 people aboard, investigators have been looking at an airplane mechanical problem as well as airplane weight issues as possible contributors to the aviation crash. The FAA had ordered 15 airlines to check passenger weight following the airplane crash and found that passenger and baggage weight surpassed estimates currently in place.
The airplane crash weight estimation was believed to be within 100 pounds of the maximum takeoff weight. Due to the average American weight increasing every year, many believe airplane weight estimates that exist since its’ 1995 creation is far too low. Especially in smaller airplanes, weight requirements can be crucial to the safety of the airplane passengers.
In response to the FAA airplane crash survey regarding weight, some airlines have changed weight estimates to reflect more current size standards. The FAA has proposed different weight requirements for airplane passengers, which has been opposed by regional airlines because weight estimate increases can result in seat eliminations that can hurt sales.
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February 26, 2002
The NTSB is re-examining an American Airlines flight from May 1997 involving a broken tail prior to crashing to the ground, seriously injuring a passenger and leaving a flight attendant with minor injuries. This re-examination comes after another American Airlines Airbus tail had the same difficulties as the 1997 incident. The plane crash that occurred in November 2001 left all 260 people on board, along with five people on the ground dead. The NTSB is looking at the data to determine if the tail of that airplane experienced the same stress as the vertical stabilizer on the 1997 plane crash.
The NTSB decided to re-examine the 1997 airplane accident when they discovered that moving a plane’s rudder in one direction that is followed by a sharp movement in the other direction could break the tail fin off. The 1997 incident did not lose the tail as pilots used the rudder to try to steady the plane veering up and down and side to side for around 34 seconds. Pilots did not maintain an adequate speed, according to the NTSB.
After issuing a warning in February of the dangers with tail fins and sharp movements in opposite directions, the NTSB asked Airbus and American Airlines to go beyond a visual inspection of the tail and take the tail off. All the major parts from the November 2001 plane crash contained parts that came directly from the original manufacturers, according to the NTSB. Italian police had apprehended Airbus parts thought to be falsely certified as new or properly inspected in January. There were parts earmarked for the U.S.