Millions of people have a deep rooted fear of flying. For many, this fear is so crippling that they refuse to even set foot on planes. They close their eyes and act out scenes in their minds about being trapped on an airplane in the sky when a fair amount of turbulence hits. This turbulence quickly moves from a jolting sensation to full blown chaos before the plane goes down.
While this fear is usually unfounded as far as an individual's statistical risk of being involved in a serious plane crash on a jet for a major airline, it can be a reality. Most plane crashes that do happen involve small planes that are mostly used recreationally. But as with car accidents, there is always a reason that the crash happens and in some cases it has to do with negligence on the part of an individual or an entity such as the airport.
Factors that Can Lead to Plane Crashes
Planes have an entirely different set of complications than other transportation devices for obvious reasons. While cars must deal with slick roads from rain or black ice and snow, planes are in the sky. The weather on the ground is completely different from in the atmosphere. It is much more severe. The natural heat transmitted from the ground creates these different conditions. Planes must contend with severe weather without the comfort that the ground holds.
While wind and lightening may be an issue with cars, they can be deadly for airplanes that are literally caught in the midst of it. While environmental factors are one of the greatest causes of plane crashes, there are a number of other factors including combination environmental and individual negligence. Plane crashes can occur from:
o Environmental causes beyond a pilot's control
o Pilot error-pilots must be vigilant at all times during a flight to make sure they avoid potential dangers such as storms.
o Improper aircraft maintenance-planes must be thoroughly checked after every single flight for signs of wear and proper functioning.
o Contaminated fuel
o Product flaws-sometimes the issue is with a defective plane part. In this case, the negligence would be on the part of the plane or plane part manufacturer.
o Air traffic controller negligence-it is the job of the air traffic controller to keep pilots notified of any possible complications that may arise.
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