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Airline Fatalities Continue to Rise After 2018’s 900% Increase

Published on May 14, 2019 at 10:01 am in AIrplane Accidents.

There’s evidence, according to Forbes, that suggests airline accidents and related fatalities are on the rise. Recognizing the causes of these accidents is an important part of preventing future accidents. It’s also important to ensure families have what they need to move forward.

In 2017, 59 deaths were attributed to airline wrecks. In 2018, however, there was a drastic increase of approximately 900%. The total fatalities in 2018 amounted to 561. In terms of safety, experts considered 2017 to be an exceptionally safe year, while 2018 was deemed only average. The Aviation Safety Network’s safety indicator is based on fatal accidents involving commercial flights that have been certified to carry 14 or more passengers.

More than a third of the airline accident fatalities in 2018 occurred on Lion Air Flight 610, where all 189 crew members and passengers lost their lives. While the cause of this accident is still unclear, it’s possible it is related to missing safety features not included on base models of the planes. When manufacturing defects are responsible for an airplane accident, it’s important for that negligent company to be held responsible for their actions.

As of May 2019, there have already been six jetliner accidents with 231 fatalities. With this being only a third of the way through the year, projections suggest this would be the deadliest year for airline accidents, with an estimated 700 deaths.

With 2019’s current total, nearly 75 percent of the fatalities happened on March 10 when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed. All 157 people were killed. The accident with the second highest fatality rate in 2019 so far happened when a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B caught fire while landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. As a result, 41 passengers and crew members were killed.

Another significant crash in 2019 happened in January with an older Boeing 707 jetliner in Iran. 14 people were killed. Iran has been unable to purchase new aircrafts or spare parts as a result of its nuclear program. The condition of the civil aviation industry is poor. In addition to that, the FAA discussed the risks of operating in Iranian airspace. The risks included encounters with Russian cruise missiles flying into Syria, Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, and GPS jammers.

Also in 2019, a DC-3, built in 1945, crashed while flying to Columbia. The pilots reported engine trouble prior to crashing. All 14 passengers and crew members died. While this accident was not entirely surprising because of the frequency in which these planes crash, it did raise questions about maintenance and inspections. However, it’s possible a lightning strike set one of the engines on fire.

Because of the number of accidents the Boeing 737 MAX was involved in, the planes were pulled from airline service around the world so a proper investigation could take place. The United State’s FAA, however, was the last world agency to order the grounding of these planes. The FAA and Boeing have been criticized for allowing the aircraft manufacturer to self-certify their own planes. In total so far, there have been six crashes in 2019 that have involved various Boeing 737 models.

Agencies in charge of airline and aircraft regulations need to establish and implement effective safety oversight systems in order to address the number of crashes and fatalities that happen every year. Taking an active approach toward safety can help ensure that trips go as planned. If complacency continues, accident and fatalities number will continue to rise. As a result, families suffering emotionally and financially.

When an airplane accident claims lives, there are a number of consequences a family must face. As families of crash victims may discover, however, it’s not always easy to receive full and fair compensation from airlines or airplane manufacturers after the wrongful loss of a loved one. For example, family members of deceased from Lion Air Flight 610 learned this when they were pressured not to sue the manufacturer of the plane – Boeing. Instead, families were offered government-mandated payments. The sum was considerably less than they deserved.

If you’ve been involved in a plane crash or have lost a loved one, it’s important to know you have legal rights and options. Seeking the help of a lawyer from Thomas Law Offices gives your family their best chance at receiving the compensation needed to secure a comfortable future. You may be eligible for economic and noneconomic damages to cover your monetary losses and suffering. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

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