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.
"U.S. Goal to Cut Aviation Accidents 80% on Schedule"
June 30, 2006
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that the nation is on pace to meet an accident reduction goal set nearly a decade ago.
In 1997, a White House Commission headed by then Vice President Gore issued a recommendation that aviation accidents should be cut 80 percent by 2007. Nine years later, FAA officials say that goal, which once seemed impossible, will likely be met.
At the time, many ideas were circulating about ways to improve airline safety but also numerous concerns about priorities and costs. Despite the challenges, various airlines and government-industry group began implementing changes.
Some of the programs and safety systems implemented as part of the effort to reduce aviation accidents include: prioritization of safety improvements, use of computers that search for signs that safety was compromised, anonymous error reporting, and more pilot training.
The commission had created the goal to improve aviation safety after two of the worst airline crashes of the 1990s – TWA Flight 800 and ValuJet Flight 592.
Click here to speak with an experienced attorney if you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident.