NTSB Cites Pilot Error As Cause of Arkansas Aviation Accident

by | March 1st, 2013

March 1, 2013

Data from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows that pilot error is the leading cause of Aviation Accidents in the United States today. In fact, pilot error was listed as the cause of a crash that occurred in Perryville, Arkansas, in November 2011.

According to KHOU News, the accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. as the Piper PA-28-180 traveled from Oklahoma to North Little Rock.

Records indicate the aircraft was traveling at roughly 7,000 feet when it suddenly banked to the right and disappeared from air traffic control radar screens. A search of the area determined the plane had crashed into a ridgeline and killed all four passengers.

A further investigation into the crash determined there were no mechanical malfunctions with the plane and the weather was clear at the time of the crash. Autopsies also revealed the pilot had not suffered a medical emergency in the moments before the crash as well. Experts were unable to determine the cause of the pilot’s loss of controls.

A high rate of crashes being attributed to pilot error leads many to wonder what they can do to protect themselves from such an accident.

The Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy say having an experienced pilot is a good place to start, but still may not prevent an accident from occurring. The firm points out that data suggests larger aircraft are less likely to be involved in such crashes.