Lately the news has been replete with an increase in the number of private passenger regional, national, and international airline and helicopter crashes. A private passenger single engine airplane lost its engine power flying over a South Florida beach and landed along the water’s edge. Fortunately, no one aboard or on the beach was injured, although the aircraft sustained substantial damage. Over the last five years, three regional airline crashes have killed 119 people. According to an article recently appearing in the Sun Sentinel 3 large airliners were destroyed and numbers of planes came close to colliding, including two jetliners in Fort Lauderdale.
How often have you been glancing out the window of an airplane and seen another aircraft within close proximity to the flight pattern that your craft is on? This writer has noticed a significant increase in the number of aircraft overlapping airspace increasing in the last few years. The Sun Sentinel sites dozens of pilot, air traffic controller, ramp workers and other airline personnel committing countless errors; from controllers losing track of aircraft to pilots taking off without sufficient fuel.
The article sites to economic hardships caused by September 11, 2001 along with intense competition, weather related delays and stringent security pressures. The independent U.S. federal agency that oversees these issues is the National Transportation Safety Board. This government agency oversees not only aviation transportation safety, but also highway, marine, pipeline and hazardous materials, railroad and transportation disaster assistance. The National Transportation Safety Board is charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. Experienced and committed personal injury attorneys practicing in the areas of transportation related accidents – such as this law firm – are strongly committed to improving the lives of victims of transportation accidents and their families.