Aviation Accidents and Controlled Flight into Terrain
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If you are like many people, you take flights on commercial aircraft with
some regularity. If you are also like many individuals, you may have at
least some level of concern about the possibility that some sort of mid-air
mishap might occur, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities.
Indeed, you may have had the truly unfortunate experience of losing a
loved one in an aviation accident or sustained injuries yourself in such
an incident. The Doan Law Firm aviation accident attorney hotline at (800)
349-0000 is staffed around the clock, every day of the year – including
The typical commercial aircraft passenger is apt to conclude that nearly
all catastrophic aviation accidents are the result of either human error
or some type of mechanical breakdown. In fact, about 50 percent of commercial
airline accidents are determined to arise from pilot error. About 15 percent
result of major aviation accidents stem from purely mechanical failures
of one type or another.
What you may not realize is that a full one-in-five catastrophic aviation
accidents involving commercial aircraft is a result of what the International
Civil Aviation Organization classifies as controlled flight into terrain.
What is Controlled Flight into Terrain?
In essential terms, controlled flight into terrain is an aviation accident
that occurs when an aircraft is piloted into some type of terrain. This
includes aircraft that is piloted into water, a mountainside, the ground,
or even a building or other structure. Your immediate response to this
description may be to hearken to 9/11 and the terrorists who piloted commercial
aircraft into the World Trade Center and Pentagon and attempted to do
the same with the U.S. Capitol. While that technically qualifies as an
example of controlled flight into terrain, and instances have occurred
where a pilot brings down a plane because of suicidal ideation, the reality
is that the vast majority of aviation accidents caused by controlled flight
into terrain do not involve pilots with nefarious intent.
Although not a commercial aviation accident, the crash of the private plane
piloted by John F. Kennedy, Jr. is a prime example of a controlled flight
in terrain accident. When the investigation of the accident concluded,
the determination was made that became “spatially disoriented”
and piloted the plane into the ocean. In other words, JFK, Jr. became
disoriented as to the true position of the aircraft in the sky which resulted
in the catastrophic accident, killing everyone on board the aircraft.
In this case, investigators concluded that there was no mechanical failure.
Prevailing weather conditions, which included fog, contributed to the
pilot disorientation that resulted in the controlled flight into terrain.
The Most Catastrophic Case of Controlled Flight into Terrain
Although the private plane crash involving JFK, Jr. is utilized to help
explain controlled flight into terrain, the incident involving the most
significant loss of life involved a pair of 747s that were not even yet
airborne. They were both on the runway of an airport, moving at high rates
of speed. The aircraft collided into each other, resulting the deaths
of 583 people.
Investigators ultimately concluded that a variety of factors played into
this controlled flight into terrain aviation accident: pilot error, instrument
limitations, weather (fog), and poor communication from control tower
Determining the Cause of a Controlled Flight into Terrain Aviation Disaster
Ascertaining the underlying cause or causes of a controlled flight into
terrain aviation accident can prove to be challenging. Such a catastrophe
can be the result of pilot disorientation or error, mechanical malfunction
or breakdown, or both. In addition, prevailing weather conditions oftentimes
is a contributing factor.
The Doan Law Firm aviation accident lawyer team is well-versed in making
sure the underlying cause of any type of airplane crash is identified.
By properly identifying the underlying cause or causes of a controlled
flight into terrain accident, all responsible parties can be brought to
justice. These parties can include:
- Other crew members
- Aircraft manufacturer
- Aircraft parts manufacturer
- Air traffic control personnel
The Doan Law Firm Aviation Accident Lawyer Team Fights for You
If you’ve been injured in any type of airplane accident, or if you’ve
lost a family member in this type of tragic event, the aviation accident
lawyers from our firm stand ready to fight for you. You can schedule an
appointment with a Doan Law Firm aviation accident lawyer right now by
calling (800) 349-0000.
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