What most generally comes to mind when considering the subject of airplane accidents is the aircraft falling out of the sky. Actually, much greater numbers of debilitating injuries are suffered during oxygen depletion, rough landings, airplane turbulence, passenger aggression, and more. The sudden chaos and aftermath of any aviation accident can be disturbing (initiating emotional distress or PTSD) when your life has been put at risk, and you have no control whatsoever.
Should you or your loved ones have suffered harm during a Myrtle Beach aviation accident or incident, Auger & Auger has an attorney available to take your call and advise you of the rights to which you are entitled. Once medical concerns have been attended to, we will investigate the circumstances at the location of the accident. Determining the responsible party is critical to pursuing a claim for damages and winning maximum compensation for your losses.
On April 1, 1996, Myrtle Beach Airport became an international airport, allowing flights to arrive from and depart for worldwide locations. In 2018, Myrtle Beach International experienced passenger traffic of 1,209,332 arrivals, and 1,257,761 departures (the busiest of those heading for Charlotte, Atlanta, and New York City.
With the tremendous numbers of flights taking to the skies daily, the chance of a crash is overwhelming low. The rate of 1 fatal accident for every 3 million flights made 2018 one of the safest years on record — with 15 fatal airline accidents and 556 total fatalities. 2017 was the ‘safest year in aviation history,’ with 10 fatal accidents and 44 deaths.
Pilots are only human and therefore errors in judgment are always possible — though human response vs. autopilot will typically save the day. The unparalleled training required of operators responsible for transporting an extraordinary number of passengers worldwide on a daily basis is certainly the premise for the incredibly low numbers of crashes. This Pilot’s Handbook from the Federal Aviation Administration will give you an in-depth look at the duties and compulsory capabilities of our pilots.
Of course, airline accidents do involve the pilot’s loss of control — when incidents are sparked by weather conditions, malfunction of the plane’s operating system, bird strikes and the like. The pilot’s ability to right the situation often comes down to a matter of experience and good judgment; conversely, an uncontrollable instance may remove all possibility of effective correction.
When a manufacturer sells an airplane to a carrier (or it is constructed by same), the buck doesn’t stop there. Every welded fusing of parts, each electrical conduit, and an oxygen duct — essentially every single inch of the entire aircraft must be up to code and excellently accomplished.
Airlines know that ratings matter to their customers, as they should matter to the carriers — especially published audit results from Federal Aviation Administration maintenance and legal requirements. Two specific audits are internationally recognized; first, the IOSA (International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit) which evaluates the airline’s management of operations and systems control.
Second is the ICAO Audit (International Civil Aviation Organization), monitors an airline’s system as supported by a country’s infrastructure and regulation. This tool allows comparison of Effective Implement scores between 2 or more countries. A carrier must pass the IOSA in order to belong to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which supports global standards as a ‘trade association for the world’s airlines.’
Though at first, the FAA declined to ground the Boeing 737 MAX after 2 crashes within 5 months killed all aboard, they quickly shifted their position in response to the pressure of worldwide aviation regulators and criticism of aviation engineers. If not for the compulsory training and regulations in place, we would not see such a fast response within the aviation community.
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