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Causes of Airplane Crashes

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Contributing Factors

Some common factors that can contribute to accidents include:

  • Equipment Failure/Malfunction
    Defects in aircraft can be caused by design flaw, manufacturer flaw, or wear and tear from use. Although inspections are performed on the airplane before and after flights, accidents still result from faulty equipment and malfunctioning components.
  • Human Error
    From mechanics and ground crew to flight attendants and air traffic controllers, these professionals all play an important role in the maintenance and safe operation of the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) looks at the training each person has received, the attention to detail that was provided before the flight took off, the communication that exists before air traffic control, the ground crew, and the pilot to determine if human error contributed to the cause of the accident.
  • Mid-air Collisions
    Mid-air collisions are less common than other types of aviation accidents, because the FAA uses the most up-to-date technology for its air traffic control system, which monitors airliners in the United States. In addition, airliners are required to have TCAS II collision-avoidance systems, which detect potential collisions with other transponder-equipped aircraft and advise pilots to climb or dive in response. When these devices malfunction or are ignored, accidents can occur.
  • Pilot Error
    Pilots are responsible for the safe transportation of their passengers. At times, rarely, pilots fail to comply with proper procedures in the operation of an aircraft.
  • Weather
    Unpredictable weather, such as shear gusts of winds, freezing ice storms, thunderstorms and lightning, and more, can affect both small and large airplanes. Before airplanes can fly in freezing weather, they are de-iced, and all airplanes are required to have forward-looking radar wind-shear detectors onboard.

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