Airplane Crashworthiness

The term “Crashworthiness” is the term used to describe the ability of an aircraft or vehicle to keep its occupants safe during the crash. And an aircraft or vehicle’s crashworthiness should be carefully considered in discussions of aviation law and liability.  The cost, time, and inconvenience involved in updating aircraft can be daunting to manufacturers, and they frequently remain hesitant to exceed the out of date crashworthiness standards. Below are just a few frightening crashworthiness defects that the FAA still overlooks in today's carriers:
  • Lap-only seatbelt restraints
  • Seatbelts attach to the chair, rather than the primary structure
  • Compromised seat attachments - some seats are fastened to the floor with wood screws
  • Improperly situated fuel tanks
  • Fuel selector valves lacking an "off" mechanism
  • Flammable cabin interior materials  
If you lost a family member in an airplane crash and feel that a poor crashworthiness rating may have been to blame, call our Law Firm at 1.800.862.1260.  We accept cases from anywhere in the nation and will carefully and promptly review your scenario to determine the appropriate course of action. If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an airplane crash call our Law Firm at 1.800.862.1260.
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