Southwest Relieves Pilot of Duty Following Commercial Aviation Accident

by | October 4th, 2013

October 4, 2013

When a Commercial Aviation Accident occurs, both the federal government and the airline often launch investigations to help determine the cause of the crash. Those findings are then used to determine what action should be taken in the future regarding travel safety and liability for damages suffered by accident victims.

The conclusion of a recent investigation into the crash of a Southwest Airlines flight at LaGuardia International Airport has led to the firing of a pilot involved. The action was taken due to questions that arose regarding the pilot’s actions in the moments leading up to the incident which injured nine passengers.

An article released by The Star-Telegram explains that on July 22, a Boeing 737 was in transit from Nashville, Tennessee, to New York under the controls of the flight’s first officer. Just seconds before touching down, the pilot took over the controls of the aircraft. Experts say that when this transition occurs, it can take the individual who takes control several seconds to fully adjust.

Moments after the pilot took the helm, the front landing gear of the plane touched down before the rear did. This caused the landing gear to collapse and the plane to skid out of control, crashing in a field just off the runway.

The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful the actions taken by Southwest will help improve passenger safety and reduce the chances of future accidents.