Transportation safety in Alabama is not merely a matter of ensuring that roads and vehicles are safe. Every time an Alabama resident boards a plane, whether private or commercial, he or she places their safety in the hands of the pilot and the engineers who built the aircraft.
It can be easy to take for granted that human beings have flown airplanes for little more than a century. While airplane safety and technology has advanced markedly since the first flight of the Wright Brothers, airplane crashes still occur with some degree of regularity.
Recent Alabama Plane Crashes Provide a Sobering Reminder of Plane Crash Dangers
Such was the case in two recent Alabama airplane crashes, one of which left two dead in a crash near Mobile Airport. The deceased were returning home on a charity flight, and after Mobile Airport Authority control towers noted that the plane was missing, a search ensued. Challenging weather conditions led to an eight-hour search in the wooded areas of Mobile before the wreckage was discovered. Federal aviation officials have been notified of the horrific accident, and until their investigation concludes, it is unclear what caused the crash.
Another dangerous plane accident occurred in mid-February of 2016 in Escambia County. Escambia Sheriff Grover Smith was doing his job and helping his community as he searched for a missing teen from an aerial perspective. A 16-year-old Alabama teen had been missing, and Grover Smith was doing everything in his power to find her. While searching, his plane encountered unexpected difficulties and the plane crashed into an Alabama home.
Fortunately, Sheriff Smith and all parties involved were unharmed, but the results could have been calamitous. Even so, this accident still caused property damage to Alabama homeowners, which will likely lead to legal action and compensation for the subsequent property damage.
The Causes of Airplane Accidents and Crashes
The Federal Aviation Administration outlines several causes of airplane failure, which can include:
- Human Error
- Safety Shortcomings by Airport Safety Officials
- Unexpected and Turbulent Weather
- Plane Defects and Manufacturing Mistakes
- Collisions Between Birds and the Airplane
- And More
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Alabama plane crash accident, you can receive compensation for your injuries and harms sustained. Additionally, you can receive compensation for future losses such as ongoing medical costs and lost wages. Whether the harms occurred because of major negligence from a large airline or the mistakes of an individual pilot, you and your loved ones deserve justice and compensation when a plane accident causes you needless harm.
Plane crash victims in Mobile, Escambia and Baldwin Counties or the city of Foley may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Contact Foley attorney Noel B. Leonard or call 251-732-2701 for a legal consultation to discuss your case with an Alabama injury attorney who passionately fights for the rights of Alabama accident victims.