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Various Factors At Fault when Hawaii Aviation Accidents Occur

The recent grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes has many passengers concern about their safety while flying. Airplane accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including pilot error, and has been illustrated by the recent fatal crashes, manufacturing error may play a role.  If you or a loved one has been harmed in an aviation accident, calling an experienced Hawaii aviation accident lawyer is important to begin an investigation into the causes of the accident.  Often, the investigation includes working closely with federal and state agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to determine the root causes. 

Recently, KHON looked into the various reasons behind aviation accidents.  Their conclusions were alarming.  While 737 Max concerns are top of mind, in reality, the majority of issues occur due to other issues including human error, staffing issues, and flight congestion.  Much of the reporting is voluntary.  However, self-reporting from pilots include instances of concern such as errors during taxing, improper plane weight, and maintenance delays.  Other concerns involved human error in flight control, allowing for near planes coming “too close for comfort” and near misses.  Some of these issues involves staffing concerns, with air control workers suffering under the strain of long work hours, and being short staffed, combined with a high-stress work environment. 

Hopefully, placing a spot-light on the airline industry will lead to increased safety for all air travelers.

For more information or if you have suffered harm in an aviation accident, please contact the dedicated Hawaii aviation attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.