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Could Further Regulation of General Aviation Reduce Accidents?

March 7, 2014

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The chances of being involved in an accident are significant when flying in a small, privately owned aircraft. The chances of such an incident are drastically increased in rugged, mountainous locations like Alaska. The large number of General Aviation Accidents occurring in the state recently has citizens asking questions that could carry over to the rest of the nation as well, such as “Would more regulation prevent aviation accidents from occurring?” A recent article from Alaska Dispatch examined this question in detail and determined that better educational opportunities and raising pilots’ awareness of the need to follow current regulations may be the best solution to the problem. Research noted there were at least 15 general aviation accidents in the first 11 months of last year. Nine of those crashes were fatal. Each of these accidents were attributed to a pilot’s loss of control of the aircraft; however, ample information was available to each of the pilots prior to their accidents that, if heeded, could have prevented the crash from occurring. Some conclude this shows getting pilots to better understand the impact of the decisions they make while in the air may be the answer to reducing accidents, not further regulation. The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are aware of the dangers flying can pose and ask all those who choose to travel in the air to do so safely by:
  • Always double checking equipment, flight plans, and weather.
  • Staying on the ground when in doubt of safety.

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