Tampa Airplane Accident Lawyer
The slightest mistake or mechanical problem can cause a catastrophic crash when it comes to aviation. Determining the cause of a plane crash can be difficult, especially in smaller private plane accidents, as they are rarely outfitted with black boxes–a device used to record the events leading up to commercial and larger aircraft crashes. If you have lost a loved one in a plane accident, or you were injured in one, we will conduct a thorough investigation and use expert witnesses to determine the cause of the crash and to find out who was at fault. We handle commercial airline accidents as well as private plane accidents. In both cases, we look at the possibility of pilot error, mechanical failure, ground operator mistakes, and other factors that may have lead to the crash. Contact one of our experienced Tampa airplane accident lawyers today.
The Three Main Aviation Categories
There are three main categories of aircraft. Their safety varies widely, with commercial jets having the lowest rate of injuries, crashes, and fatalities.
Part 121 Aviation Accidents
Part 121 air carriers includes most large, transportation aircraft, such as commercial airlines. Cargo aircraft are also categorized under part 121. In 2013, part 121 aircraft had 23 accidents, with two of those crashes resulting in fatalities. A total of nine people died in part 121 aircraft accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board
Part 135 Commuter and On-Demand Carrier Accidents
Part 135 aircraft have fewer than 10 passenger seats and operate as scheduled or on-demand commuters and cargo aircraft. There were 51 part 135 accidents in 2013, with 12 fatal crashes and a total of 30 fatalities.
General Aviation Accidents
Most other aircraft, aside from part 129 aircraft (foreign air carriers), are classified as general aviation aircraft. This includes smaller private planes, powered parachutes, gliders, and other types of aircraft. Most accidents and fatalities occur within the general aviation sector. There were 1,224 general aviation accidents in 2013, 222 fatal accidents, and a total of 390 fatalities.
As technology has improved in the previous half century, commercial airlines and larger aircraft have become much safer than smaller private planes, which have less sophisticated navigation, little communication with ground control, and no autopilot. Commercial jets fly high, up to 50,000 feet at times, according to USA Today. This is, of course, well above most areas of turbulence and away from trees, tall structures, and hillsides–all objects of serious concern and danger for low-flying private aircraft. Not only are the conditions in which private aircraft fly more hazardous, but the pilots themselves are usually less experienced than commercial pilots. Instead of flying hundreds of hours a month, a private plane pilot may only fly once a week or a few times a month.
Contact our Experienced Tampa Airplane Accident Lawyers
Whatever the cause of the crash, be it pilot inexperience or error, mechanical malfunction, or another cause, call The Pendas Law Firm today at 1-888-573-6327 to discuss your injuries and financial damages with one of our Tampa airplane accident lawyers today. Our lawyers will examine the specifics of your case and help you fight for due compensation.