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Corporate Plane Accident Lawyers

Corporate Plane Accident Lawyers

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker told pilots and mechanics of corporate aviation departments in 2007 that although they were maintaining an enviable safety record, recent accidents highlighted limitations in several important parts of their industry.

"Some flight departments, however, operate aircraft on a shoestring budget with inadequately experienced or trained crews or shoddy maintenance practice," he told an audience at the 2007 Bombardier Safety Standdown Seminar in Wichita, Kansas.

Rosenker described three plane crashes that could be tied to:

  • Flight crew and mechanic training
  • Preflight preparation
  • Human fatigue
  • Maintenance issues

He told his listeners that pilots should not confuse getting paid to fly with the idea of professionalism. Many elements, he said, contribute to being a professional pilot. These include preparation, team work, compliance with regulations and constant vigilance.

As the global marketplace has expanded, the number of corporate jets carrying businessmen and women has increased. On April 2, 2011, a test flight of a Gulfstream G650 came to a disastrous end. All four people aboard died. The charred body of the plane was left lying beside Runway 3/21 at Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico.

Corporate Jet Crash Lawsuits

When a corporate jet crashes, there are many parties to consider. There is of course the corporation that owns the jet; the pilot and possibly other crew members involved; the company (or companies) that maintain the jet; the company that houses the jet; and the airport itself and its personnel such as groundcrew and air traffic controllers (who may not be affiliated with the airport), the entity that is responsible for the airport (this may be a municipality).

If another plane is involved in the corporate jet crash, that adds another group of parties to consider. This complexity requires very knowledgeable legal counsel from an experienced plane crash lawyer.

Corporate Plane Accident Litigation

Because this area of the law is so complex, it is important to be represented by an experienced corporate plane accident lawyer. Our lawyers have years of experience successfully litigating these types of lawsuits and can help you seek compensation for your injuries and/or loss.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident on a corporate jet, our corporate plane accident lawyers can help you find out if you are eligible for compensation because of negligence of the pilot, the plane company or maintenance crew.

To schedule a free review of your case, please contact us today.

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Causes of Crashes

Some of the most common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Negligence by a flight service employee or air traffic controller
  • Faulty equipment or mechanical failure
  • Harsh weather conditions
  • Violations of FAA safety regulations

Aviation Facts

  • Approximately 80 percent of all plane crashes occur shortly before or after takeoff or landing due to human error or mechanical failures.
  • According to an aviation accident survey of nearly 2,200 plane crashes from 1950 to 2004, the number one cause of aviation accidents is pilot error, which results in 45 percent of accidents. Undetermined causes: 33 percent. Mechanical failure: 13 percent.
  • In 2005, there were a total of 1,764 aviation accidents in the United States that resulted in 600 fatalities. Low-level maneuvering of an aircraft was the leading cause of fatal aviation accidents from 1998 to 2004.
  • In 2004, more than 70 percent of all plane crashes that ended in serious injury or fatality occurred during a personal flight. General aviation accidents occur more frequently than airline or business aviation accidents.
  • The most recent statistics on midair collisions has shown a steady decline. In 2004, there were 10 midair accidents resulting in 10 fatalities compared to 11 collisions in 2003 with 23 deaths.