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AVIATION ACCIDENTS

The first fatal aviation accident occurred in a Wright Model A aircraft at Fort Myer, Virginia, USA, on 17 September 1908. This flight resulted in an  injury to the pilot, Orville Wright and death of the passenger. Since then plane flights have become much less risky due to regulations, standard, design and technology.

Positive changes made flying by commercial airliners safer than traveling by car. Investigations of plane crashes have become more technology oriented. Most of the plane events are recorded on black boxes and air tower control conversations are also many times recorded. Investigating these accidents are very differnt than investigating a car accident. At Hollingsworth and Mumen we know the difference in the methodology to properly perform a detailed aviation accident or incident to get our clients the financial recovery the compensation that they deserve. See contact us or immediate free case evaluation.

In a commercial flight there are also situations that do not require an accident that people may still want to consult with an attorney. For example there have been times where the plane was grounded and passengers were not able to get off of the plane for an unusual period of time and accommodating the passengers while grounded was not up to normal general standards.


Worldwide statistics reveal that in year 2011 that there were 36 the commercial airline accidents.



Chances a person  being in a fatal commercial airline flight is 1 in every 29.4 million flights (study performed 2012) 



Fatalities by phase of flight

Take off 16%        Cruise %16        Initial climb 14%     Climb (flaps up)  %13



Final Approach 13%           Initialial approach 12%
                Landing 12%

Private plane crashes are up 20% since year 2000, despite of technology improvements. There are safguards in place for all flights that must be adhered to in order to be safe.

Driving is more dangerous than flying. More than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying. A more direct comparison per 100 million miles pits driving's 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries against flying's lack of deaths and almost no injuries, which shows air travel to be safer.


Sources of compensation for aviation accident injuries/losses


  • Business/Company owner
  • Insurance company
  • Government entities
  • Plane/airliner manufacturers may face separate liability for negligence during the manufacturing process or design process for injuries due the accident.
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)

  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship