FAA letter to Alaska Aircraft Companies
Alaska has recently experienced a spate of aircraft accidents - a situation that is worsened by the frequent use of aircraft as a means of travel within the state in areas without good roads to travel by land. The Federal Aviation Administration recently issued an unprecedented warning to Alaska’s charter and commuter air operators following a yearlong spike in plane accident injuries and deaths. The letter sent in May 2016 from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Alaska office asked more than two hundred (200) commuters operating in Alaska for their “help in solving a significant safety issue that impacts the aviation community and the travelling public in Alaska.” Accidents that occurred twelve (12) months prior to the release of the letter resulted in twenty-four (24) deaths or serious injuries of pilots and/or passengers which were apparently caused by the same type of mishap. These mishaps all involved what the Federal Aviation Administration calls “Controlled Flight into Terrain.” The phrase basically means that the plane, under the control of the pilot, flies into rising or flat ground often in low cloud ceilings or in low visibility- which thus makes it hard to see or pick up the topography below.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated that the crashes occurred when pilots flew from places where the pilot could see the terrain into areas where the conditions needed the pilot to quickly shift to instrument navigation or turn back. It must also be noted that the aircraft involved in the crashes had advanced avionics capable of instrument flight. The pilots involved in the accidents were experienced pilots. Thus, there was an urgent need to address the problem. The Alaska Flight Standards Division Manager, Clint Wease said in an interview that â€œthese kinds of accidents were very preventable accidents.â€? An aircraft accident attorney is able to assist victims who have been injured in aircraft accidents and the families of those who have lost their lives in aircraft accidents. It must be noted that the duty of care with respect to the maintenance and operation of aircraft rests with the airlines and aircraft owners. Where the airlines and aircraft owners have failed to maintain their aircraft, injured persons and victims who lose their lives in the accident may be entitled to compensation for the losses incurred. Such losses include medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and funeral expenses. Loved ones of victims who died in aircraft accidents may claim for wrongful death and may be entitled to compensation.
If you were injured in an aircraft accident or if you lost a loved one as a result of one of the Alaska aircraft accidents, seek out the assistance of a law firm of renowned professionals who have the skills and knowledge in personal injury claims, lawsuits and settlements relating to aircraft accidents. An aircraft accident lawyer can assist you with advice and can represent your interests in your case to get the award you deserve for the loss you have sustained.
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Published on Jan 14, 2017
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