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Aviation and Plane Crash Statistics

While plane travel is generally considered one of the safest modes of transportation, aviation accidents, when they occur, can have catastrophic consequences. Although aviation accident rates have decreased in recent years, the rise in popularity of private jet travel and helicopter flights may pose new challenges to safety.

In the United States, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) diligently tracks aviation accident statistics and conducts thorough investigations into aviation disasters.


Key Statistics:


- In 2007, the NTSB estimated nearly 24 million flight hours. During this period, approximately 6.84 out of every 100,000 flight hours resulted in an airplane crash, and 1.19 out of every 100,000 hours resulted in a fatal crash. While these figures have decreased from the peak in 1994, private flights, due to lax regulation and underreporting, present challenges in accurately documenting accidents.


- Up to 80% of aviation accidents are attributed to human error, with pilot error accounting for 53% of incidents. Mechanical failure and weather conditions are other significant contributing factors.


- Human error is particularly prevalent during critical phases of flight, such as takeoff and landing. Despite comprehensive simulator-based training, individuals may revert to habitual behaviors, leading to unintended consequences, especially in highly maneuverable aircraft.


- The NTSB's database, containing records of reportable accidents since 2008, reveals over 13,000 accidents with personnel-related issues. These accidents encompass over 20,000 findings related to personnel, highlighting the importance of addressing human factors in aviation safety.


Comparative Safety:

When comparing air travel to other major forms of transportation, such as train travel, airplanes exhibit significantly lower fatality rates, with 0.01 deaths per 100 million miles compared to trains' 0.04 deaths per 100 million miles. However, ensuring the safety of air travel relies on rigorous training, operational standards, and equipment maintenance.

Navigating Aviation Accidents:

Investigating aviation accidents is complex and time-consuming. Whether you've been injured in an airplane accident or have lost a loved one, timely action is crucial. Your ability to file a claim may be limited, so it's essential to seek assistance from an experienced and reputable law firm.


JKT Law Inc. is committed to representing personal injury victims nationwide, including those affected by aviation accidents. With our expertise, we can navigate the legal complexities and advocate for your rights in court. Contact us today for a free case consultation.


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