Plane accidents do not occur as frequently as other types of transportation modes such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and trains but when they do occur the injuries are usually more catastrophic or deadly.
When you hear of an aviation accident usually the first thing you think is that there was a pilot error. Human error plays a large role in plane accidents but the mistake may not be the pilots fault and the error could have been by caused by the ground crew, mechanics, maintenance personnel or the air traffic controller (ATC).
After you are on a plane and taxiing on the runway you may see a tower high in the air near the airport terminal. In that tower sits the air traffic controller. The air traffic controller is responsible for giving directions and notifications to airplanes on the ground and in the air. Unlike pilots, ATC’s are responsible for multiple planes or flights at the same time. Because any error caused by an air traffic controller can lead to two planes colliding and causing hundreds of passengers to become catastrophically injured or killed, the ATC must follow strict rules and regulations in order to keep the pilots, crews and passengers safe.
The responsibilities of Air Traffic Controllers include:
Because air traffic controllers work in high paced and high stressed working conditions, they may be prone to making decision errors if they are not careful. Some of the more common causes of air traffic controller error are:
Any failure on behalf of an air traffic controller can lead to an airplane crash, runway accident or mid-air collision. Here at the Beasley aviation law firm, Jim Beasley is not only an attorney and a physician but also an accomplished stunt pilot, with commercial and multi-engine instrument ratings, and is one of the few pilots in the world qualified to operate high performance World War II fighter aircraft, such as the North American P-51 Mustang and the immortal Super marine Spitfire. He is one of a dozen civilian pilots chosen by the U.S. Air Force to fly these classic fighters alongside today’s operational fighters at air shows around the world. Jim’s knowledge and expertise in all areas pertaining to airplanes and aircraft has made him a leader in aviation negligence law. The Beasley Firm has decades of experience representing victims of the most serious and high-profile aviation accidents, including the accident that took the life of Senator John Heinz. If you or a loved one was injured or killed due to a plane accident or aircraft crash please feel free to contact our airplane experts for a strictly confidential and free consultation.
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