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April 5, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates it investigates roughly 1,500 General Aviation Accidents each year. They add that large portions of these accidents are caused by mechanical failures that may have been prevented through better maintenance.
For instance, on December 18, 2008, the pilot of a Beech 36 aircraft was approaching the runway of an airport in Louisville, Kentucky, when he suddenly reported an emergency aboard the aircraft. The pilot went on to describe engine failure occurring and the plane went down a short time later. One person was killed as a result of the crash.
The engine of the plane had received extensive work by mechanics in the two day prior to the crash. NTSB investigators were able to later determine a problem with the crankshaft bearings resulted in a blown engine and that human error was to blame for the malfunction.
To help reduce the number of accidents caused by mechanical failures, the NTSB has issued a press release to educate pilots and mechanics about the dangers such mistakes pose.
The article explains fatigue is one of the most common causes of mechanical mistakes. Experts instruct mechanics to diligently strive to prevent such errors by getting plenty of rest before preforming work on an aircraft.
The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy also encourage pilots and mechanics to double check any work that is performed prior to take off.
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