Civil aviation accidents and fatalities increasing

by lmallernee | July 27th, 2012

July 27, 2012

Fatal civil aviation accidents are on the rise, reports USA Business Review.

However, commercial aircrafts have seen a decrease in fatal accidents in recent years.

Civil aviation accidents rose from 1500 in 2010 to 1550 in 2011. The deaths rose from 469 in 2010 to 485 in 2011.

This increase corresponds with an increase in the number of aircraft accidents per 100,000 hours flown. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported the number of accidents rose from 1.05 in 2010 to 1.50 in 2011.

Although pilot error is sometimes a factor and is listed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NTSB as the top cause, there are a number of other causes for aviation fatalities.

First, civil aviation encompasses a wide variety of flights, from private flights to charter flights, air tours, air taxis, and air medical operations. These flights include small planes, helicopters, large business jets, and even hang gliders.

While pilot error may top the list of causes, other causes include faulty maintenance, defective equipment, design and structural problems, FAA violations, flight service station negligence, air traffic control negligence, and negligent carrier selection.

Understanding numerous factors and parsing out the responsible parties makes identifying the cause of an airplane crash complex.

If you or someone you know has had his or her safety compromised on a commercial airline or corporate aircraft, the aviation accident lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.