In todays world, travel by air is a way of life. Statistically, it is one of the safest methods of travel. However, aviation accidents do occur, and the results can be much more horrific than other types of accidents. It is very rare that a commercial airliner is involved in an accident but crashes involving smaller fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are more common.
Aviation accidents can involve a variety of laws, both state and federal. In the U.S., both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are responsible for overseeing aviation safety. The FAA is in charge of the enforcement of aviation-related laws, as well as the oversight of the manufacture, operation and maintenance of all aircraft. The NTSB investigates all accidents that occur and recommends changes in safety procedures for aviation.
There are many factors that can be involved in an aircraft accident, such as poor maintenance of an aircraft, pilot error, mechanical defects and air traffic controller error. Determining what caused the accident is crucial in an aviation accident, since there are so many different parties involved the pilot, the airline, the air traffic controllers, the airport, the aircraft manufacturer and the parts suppliers.
Aviation accidents can hurt not only those riding in an airplane or helicopter, but also on rare occasion individuals who are on the ground when an accident occurs. They may be airline workers, bystanders at an air show, or simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you have been injured in an aviation accident, either as a pilot, passenger or a bystander, call Don Sjaarda, California aviation accident attorney at 714-963-8216.
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