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When Pilots Make Mistakes

We are so used to getting on an airplane and getting to our intended destination with no trouble that we tend to assume that those in the cockpit are in complete control of the situation. They owe a high standard of duty of care towards their passengers which is why they go through a rigorous training and screening process before they are allowed in the cockpit. But airplane accidents do happen, and in 75% of these, pilot error is the culprit. People make mistakes all the time, after all, but when a pilot makes one many lives are at stake. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, many injured passengers never recover fully, and they are the lucky ones. Here are some of the more common pilot errors that have jeopardized the lives of thousands of passengers and crew members.

Communication Failure

A pilot flies the plane, but they are not the only ones in the air. They have to be in close coordination with air traffic control to avoid collisions with other aircraft. Sometimes, though, the pilot may not understand or hear completely or correctly the directions being given by the air traffic controller but for one reason or another fails to clarify them to ensure accurate information. This can lead to the pilot making decisions based on incomplete or incorrect data which can end in catastrophe.

No Boy Scout

Preparing for a flight is a crucial albeit routine undertaking. Pilots are required to go through a checklist pre-flight to ensure that everything is shipshape and ready to go. Those that have been through the checklist and know it by heart may not always give it the attention it deserves and may even skip it altogether with disastrous results. Incredibly, many small plane crashes occurred because the pilot failed to check the fuel.

Pilot, Meet Flight Instruments

Pilots, especially those in small planes, rely on what they see to make course and altitude adjustments as need. However, when visibility is poor, pilots should have the ability to fly the plane based on the information from flight instruments alone. However, some pilots are unable to interpret the information correctly and crash into trees, mountaintops, even the water or the runway.

While these errors may be understandable, they are not excusable. Pilots who make these types of errors are negligent and may be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths. If you have been seriously affected by negligent pilot error, consult with an airplane accident lawyer in your area to address your concerns.