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Causes of Airplane Accidents

As the number of flights per day increases year after year, the number of airplane accidents has also swelled. Though flying is a statistically safe way to travel (compared to driving, for example), when accidents do happen, severe injuries and a high number of casualties are likely to result. Furthermore, unlike many car accidents, the causes of airplane accidents are often outside the control of the passengers.

  • Pilot error: Pilots are professionals who are expected carry out their duties efficiently, accurately, and reliably. When they fail to do so, accidents are much more likely to occur.
  • Faulty equipment/Faulty design: If an airplane is not properly maintained or inspected, the chance of a dangerous equipment malfunction spikes. Errors on the part of an airplane’s design team can lead to potentially hazardous flaws.
  • Violation of regulations: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strictly regulates almost all aspects of air travel to ensure the safety of pilots and passengers alike. Breaking these laws creates dangerous situations where accidents are likely to happen.
  • Air Traffic Controller error: When taking off and landing, pilots rely heavily on information and guidance provided by air traffic controllers on the ground. If this information is incorrect, inaccurate, or negligently obtained, serious collisions may occur.

Though many of these factors are outside of passenger control, passengers can still contribute to or take away from the safety of a flight. A cooperative, conscientious passenger, for example, allows the flight crew to do their jobs undistracted, while a disruptive passenger takes valuable attention and energy away.

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