Pilot error, also known as cockpit error, is one of the many reasons why airplane crashes occur. The details of an airplane crash in the immediate aftermath are generally unclear, but an official ruling comes after an investigation takes place. Pilot error has been ruled one of the main causes in the majority of airplane accidents. In fact, it was listed as the cause of 78.6% of fatal aviation accidents in 2004 in the United States.
Most plane crashes in California and throughout the nation that occur because of pilot error happen during the final approach and landing stage. Landing an aircraft takes skill, and if a pilot is not in the right state of mind or does not have enough experience, he or she could overshoot the runway, causing the airplane to catch on fire, break into pieces, and crash.
Factors contributing to pilot error in airplane crashes include:
- Heart attack and other health problems
- Mental state of mind, including memory failure
- Lack of experience
- Lack of sleep
- Weather issues, such as fog
- Communication problems with air traffic control
If an airplane crashes in the process of landing, the impact can be enough to split the plane apart and throw passengers out of the cabin. The plane may catch on fire, and the wreckage will most likely scatter. If a mechanical failure took place, then the pilot most likely will not be held responsible. However, if equipment failed as a result of pilot error, then the pilot probably will be held primarily or partially responsible for the crash.
A pilot may also be held responsible for flying into certain weather conditions. Turbulence is something difficult to avoid and would not be considered pilot error. However, if a pilot flew into a hurricane or other dangerous weather condition, he or she could be held responsible for not trying to avoid the problem.
If you or a family member has been involved in an airplane crash due to a pilot’s negligence, then you should be compensated for your injuries or loss. Contact an experienced aviation accident attorney at theLaw Office of John P. Burns. Burns understands the aviation laws, since he was formerly a U.S. Marine Corps pilot and airline captain. Call (877) 320-1338 for a free case evaluation today.