Responsible for Airplane Losses

Regardless of the final cause of an accident, an avaition loss does not occur unless something goes terribly wrong.  Inusually means that someone did something they should not have done or they failed to do something they should have done. A proper and thorough investigation, coupled with legal analysis, will find those who are at fault for the loss for a particular accident. Each accident analysis will depend on the facts of the particular accident. Generally speaking the following entities are always potential defendants:
  • Maintainer
  • Air Traffic Control-U.S. Government or contractor
  • Control Tower Operator-U.S. Government, contractor, or private
  • Flight Chart/Approach Procedure Publisher
  • Operational or Maintenance Manual Publisher
  • Obstruction (television, radio, cell phone tower, vegetation, building) owner or lessor
  • Weather provider
  • Operator-Company or individual pilot.
  • Designer-Aircraft or component
  • Manufacturer-Aircraft or component
  • Seller-Aircraft or component
  • Flight School/Flight Instructor
  • Owner
  • Lessor/lessee
  • Overhauler
  • Pilot Error  
  • Faulty Equipment
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations  
  • Structural or design problems  
  • Negligence of Flight Service Station employees  
  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers
  • Negligence in a third party's selection of a carrier
  • Engine failures in all phases of flight
  • In-flight instrument failures  
  • Mid-air collisions  
  • Flight instructor error  
  • Air traffic control errors  
  • Fuel tank explosions
  • Improper loading  
  • In-flight icing
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Defective onboard computers or software  
  • Poorly maintained equipment  
  • Faulty Seatbelt restraints  
  • Controller Pilot communication mistakes  
  • CO2 levels high
  • Unruly passengers  
  • Takeoff and landing errors
  • Airline food a safety hazard  

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