What Are the Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents?

free case evaluation
100% Secure and Confidential
Rated 5 Stars
5.0 Google Rated
What Are the Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents?

Helping Injured People Get Resultsunderline background


Product Liability


Medical Malpractice


Product Liability

i-aviationaccidentsAviation accidents may be rare compared to other kinds of accidents, but when they happen, they have the potential to result in an incredible amount of damage and severe personal injuries. For the same reason that semi truck accidents are usually more dangerous than regular car accidents, plane crashes are often deadlier still due to the enormous size and weight of the planes. Although there are some notable exceptions, almost all of the most common causes of aviation accidents are the result of some form of negligence.

5 Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Aviation accidents often take years to fully investigate, and so the exact cause of a plane crash may not be discovered for some time. However, there are several causes that have been found to be contributing factors in most aviation accidents:

  1. Pilot error. The most common cause of aviation accidents is pilot error, which accounts for approximately half of all plane crashes. Flying a plane is among the most complex and difficult jobs available, despite modern innovations that automate many features of air travel. A pilot must monitor dozens of readouts and gauges throughout the flight, many of which seem downright mystic to non-pilots. Any miscalculation or misreading can result in a deadly crash. However, pilots should not be blamed for every accident.
  2. Mechanical defects. Planes are massive feats of engineering, and are made up of hundreds of separate systems. A defect or failure in any one of these systems can lead to a dangerous situation. These can include manufacturing defects, inadequate repairs or equipment replacements and old or worn out parts.
  3. Weather problems. Just as driving becomes more dangerous in bad weather, so does flying. Heavy rainstorms, fog and snow can make it more difficult for airplanes to maneuver and can lead to deadly accidents. Visibility issues, high winds and skidding during takeoff and landing are the most dangerous weather-related threats to aircraft.
  4. Air traffic controller error. Pilots rely on information and support from air traffic controllers while they are in the air. Air traffic controllers must coordinate with many different planes at once, and often must take factors such as weather and fuel into consideration when scheduling takeoffs and landings. Any error made by an air traffic controller has the potential to result in an aviation accident, possibly involving more than one aircraft.
  5. Other causes. There are many other factors that can contribute to a plane crash, including sabotage and poor runway maintenance. One of the most surprisingly common factors in aviation accidents is birds. If a large bird collides with a windscreen or an engine, it can cause damage that may contribute to a plane crash.

Our personal injury law firm is committed to helping Illinois and Missouri residents who may be injured in plane accidents. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation. The information provided by Walton Telken, LLC in this Blog is not intended to be legal advice, but merely provides general information related to common legal issues. This Blog, and the information contained within it, is Attorney Advertisement. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

Awards & Recognition

We’re a Midwest-based law firm, small by choice, with big impact. At Walton Telken, our mission is simple: achieve the best possible outcomes for each of our clients. Powered by our passion for victims’ rights and 150 years of combined legal experience, we work hard towards this goal every day—and we have the track record to prove it.

Free Initial Consultations.

No Fee Unless We Win.underline background

We’re here to help recover maximum monetary damages to compensate you for your physical, financial and emotional losses. The personal injury lawyers at our firm understand your concerns and are committed to responding to your needs with strong advocacy and legal counsel. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your personal injury or work-related injury claim at one of our office locations in Illinois or Missouri.

At Walton Telken, trial practice is core to our DNA. We’re unafraid to fight on your behalf aggressively to ensure you recover the monetary damages you deserve.

100% Secure and Confidential

Our Locations

Google Map of 241 N Main St Edwardsville IL

Edwardsville, IL

241 N Main St, Edwardsville IL 62025
Google Map of 214 N Clay Ave Suite 140 St. Louis MO

St. Louis, MO

214 N Clay Ave Suite 140, St. Louis MO 63122

Available 24/7

phone icon844-307-7349

"*" indicates required fields

Our Award-winning attorneys will contact you for a free case evaluation.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
100% Secure and Confidential