Why do most small plane crashes occur?

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Aviation Accident

Small planes are more prone to accidents than large commercial aircraft. For starters, their size and weight alone are a safety concern because it makes them susceptible to the weather. In addition, given that they cannot go above certain altitudes, there is only so much the pilot can do in the face of adverse weather conditions.

Surprisingly, bad weather is not the leading cause of crashes involving light planes. The majority of these accidents arise from human error. Here is more on the human factor in plane crashes:

Common pilot errors that lead to crashes

Inexperience is one of the main causes of light aircraft. Pilots are sometimes not adequately trained, overestimate their abilities or are just negligent in making some critical decisions that end up proving costly. 

Fatigue and stress among pilots also contribute to airplane accidents. For instance, if the pilot has not had adequate rest before their journey and can’t concentrate on flying, it can be disastrous. They could miss out on important flight information simply because they are not in the right state of mind. 

Pilot intoxication also contributes to a fair share of accidents. While it is not a common occurrence, there are still cases where pilots fly under the influence. A lot could go wrong if a pilot is not in a condition to operate the aircraft due to their sobriety.

Getting justice after a plane crash

If you were injured or lost a loved one from a plane crash, you need to protect your rights and get compensation for any damages you suffered from the accident. While the pilot’s error may have contributed to the accident, other factors may also be to blame. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate every aspect of the crash to ascertain the direction your claim will take.