Top 5 Causes of Aviation Accidents in The United States Today

by | December 20th, 2013

December 20, 2013

While there are a plethora of causes to the aviation accidents that occur in the United States, five seem to prevail as the most commonly seen contributing factors in airplane crashes today. The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain they are:

  • Pilot Errors– Studies have shown these mistakes are attributed to at least half of all major crashes that occur annually. Such errors can be caused by a pilot’s failure to properly read an instrument or by simply making a poor navigational decision, among other reasons.
  • Mechanical Failure– The parts and equipment on a plane undergo vigorous amounts of stress in the air. That is why when parts are not properly maintained or are not reinstalled correctly when work is being performed, accidents can occur.
  • Weather– The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shows atmospheric conditions play a part in roughly 12 percent of all serious aviation accidents. One of the most common conditions though, are disruptions or erratic wind patterns that can inhibit a pilot’s ability to keep a plane in the air.
  • Sabotage– While such actions account for less than 10 percent of all accidents, hi-jackings and other means of deliberately causing a plane to go down are reported to occur each year.
  • Human Errors– A team of individuals on the ground control all traffic in the air. Sometimes though, their mistakes can lead those flying to fly into objects, and sometimes one another in Mid-Air Collisions.