Commercial aviation accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter discusses mistakes made by airline professionals that can lead to major accidents.
Statistics show that commercial aviation is one of the safest modes of travel available. However, human error is a factor that leads to many commercial aviation accidents each year. Whether it is the actions of a pilot or an issue with system control, critical mistakes can have devastating consequences for plane passengers who are unaware that their lives may be at risk.
This was recently found to be a factor in the case of a Southwest Airlines plane that crash landed at LaGuardia Airport after the captain of the plane made the critical decision to reduce its power.
Source: Bloomberg Report “Southwest Captain Reduced Power Before NYC Crash Landing”
The co-pilot of a Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) plane that crash landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July 2013 said the captain put her hand on his as he was controlling the throttles and reduced the plane’s power.
The information was recently revealed in a report of the findings following an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which began soon after the accident.
Source: Bloomberg Report “NTSB Begins Formal Probe of Southwest Crash at LaGuardia”
“The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board began a formal investigation into the Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) accident yesterday at New York’s LaGuardia airport that injured eight and disrupted traffic.”
The actions of the captain may have been in violation of the safety rules outlined by the airline, however that has yet to be definitively determined by the NTSB.
According to New York based aviation accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter, airlines and trained professionals they employ must adhere strictly to industry guidelines and safety standards. A failure to do so can place the lives of passengers at risk. Pilots are required to take themselves off-duty if they have any medical problems that could impair their ability to fly safely or if they have not had sufficient rest between flights. Both of these factors have been implicated in causing serious airplane accidents.
Individuals who have lost a loved one or have been injured in a plane crash caused by pilot error or airline mistakes can contact the Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC for more information about their legal options today.
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