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A Frontier Airlines flight from Chicago to Florida was diverted to Indianapolis after an issue was reported with its fuel system.

No injuries have been reported.

A Frontier spokesman said flight 1334 left Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday for Palm Beach with 205 passengers and seven crew members aboard and landed late Sunday in Indianapolis out of “an abundance of caution.”

The pilot for the Denver-based airline made the decision to divert the plane, according to reports.

Passengers were put on another plane to get to their destination. According to reports, they arrived in Palm Beach on Monday morning.

The Transportation Security Administration screens over 1.8 million passengers every single day, and each traveler knows that flying has built-in risks and trusts that they will get to their final destination safe and sound. The reality is that planes are machines, and machines can malfunction. Although airlines take as many precautions as possible, when dealing with such high speeds and altitudes, flight mistakes can have serious ramifications.

Airplane accidents can be caused by many different things. The following are some of the common causes of airplane accidents:

  • Instrument failure
  • Pilot error
  • Fuel mismanagement
  • Mechanical failure
  • Tire failure
  • Defective landing gear
  • Inadequate training
  • Inclement weather
  • Metallurgical failures
  • Improper maintenance
  • Mid-air collisions
  • Improper inspections
  • Poor fuel
  • Design defects
  • Inadequate security
  • Improper flight training

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A lawsuit has been filed by 18 passengers who were aboard an American Airlines aircraft that caught fire last month on the tarmac of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after an engine failed.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court and targets American aircraft manufacturer Boeing Inc. and engine manufacturer General Electric Aviation.

The lawsuit claims GE sold a faulty engine that Chicago-based Boeing used to assemble an unsafe aircraft. The passengers also claim American Airlines employees should have done a better job inspecting the plane. They allege employees failed to provide “assistance, supervision and instruction” during evacuation.

On Oct. 28, pilots aborted the takeoff of American Airlines Flight 383 to Miami. All 161 passengers and nine crew were safely evacuated, with 20 people suffering minor injuries.

Engine failure is one of the most potentially catastrophic aircraft defects that can happen. Once an engine stall after a flight has taken off, the results are usually tragic. Engine failure can arise from many things, including:

  • Congestion from loose air induction systems
  • Flaws in the design
  • Broken engine components
  • Excessive rubbing of engine blades

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A woman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon after a hang glider crashed into a tree in Sumter County.

At about 4:45 p.m., Sumter Fire and EMS and an ambulance responded to a reported hang glider crash in Center Hill, near County Road 569.

Once units arrived, they found that a hang glider had hit a tree and crashed, according to Sumter Fire and EMS.

A female, who was seriously injured, was declared a trauma alert and flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Her condition is unknown at this time.

When a hang gliding accident does take place, the results are often tragic. While these are not accidents we read about regularly in the news, these types of accidents often result in catastrophic personal injuries and even wrongful death. Crashes can be caused by numerous different factors, but generally aviation and hang gliding incidents involve the following elements – manufacturing design defects, poorly maintained aircrafts and safety standards violations.

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A 64-year-old Victoria, Canada man claims that being stuck on an airline plane in cramped quarters has taken him from a once active man to one that is short of breath and has trouble moving around.

He says that doctors told him he nearly lost his life after a recent airplane trip.

In January, the man travelled to Argentina on a hiking trip. The trip home included a 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto on an Air Canada 777 airplane.

The man says for most of the flight, passengers were discouraged from getting out of their seats because of turbulence. At over 6 feet tall, that was a problem for the man.

A day and a half after he returned home, he says he felt a sudden sharp pain in his lower back. When it was still there the next morning he went to a hospital.

Two CT scans later, doctors told the man he had deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which was likely the result of having to sit for most of the 10-hour flight, and that blood clots had migrated up his leg, through his heart and into his lungs.

DVT is a condition where a blood clot develops within a deep vein, usually in the thigh or leg. It can break off and make its way to the lungs, where it can cause breathing problems.

According to the World Health Organization, passengers traveling in cramped areas for more than four hours are at risk.

The man raised the DVT issue with Air Canada and got this response:

“Medical evidence has shown that deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the result of a pre-existing personal medical condition, related to an individual rather than a transportation system. International courts have confirmed that based on the aforementioned evidence there is no liability to air carriers for DVT that occurs during a flight.”

When it comes to the safety of passengers, in general, airlines have a total responsibility to make sure no passengers are harmed while onboard their plane. In the case of DVT, precautions must be made. Seating on airplanes, particularly in economy class, has shrunk over the years, although airline companies will argue that legroom has not been lost, just as this case shows.

DVT can occur in travelling passengers from the following issues:

  • Airline offering cramped seating where there is no room to move freely
  • Not being able to move around the aircraft cabin
  • Not having sufficient legroom

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The family of a woman who was struck by lightning after exiting a US Airways plane in South Carolina last summer is suing for damages.

The 52-year-old died from the injuries sustained on the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Last week, her family filed a lawsuit against  American Airlines, which US Airways has merged with, and the airport for negligence, according to reports.

The plane was supposed to land at Charlotte International Airport in North Carolina, but diverted to Columbia due to weather.

The lawsuit states that although the flight landed at Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 5:07 p.m., deplaning did not begin until 5:52 p.m. Ten minutes before deplaning, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area.

The woman was struck by lightning after stepping out onto the tarmac with her husband, son and daughter.

The lawsuit also alleges that the woman did not receive prompt medical care for her condition.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport released the following statement:

As airport operators we provide all of our carriers with passenger boarding bridges so that they can safely move passengers between the terminal and their aircraft. However, the airport is not involved in determining when or how they choose to deplane passengers. When the incident occurred, our public safety officers followed their procedures and responded within seconds. At this time, the airport and its legal team has not yet received notification that the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has been named in a lawsuit. Therefore, we are unable to provide any other specifics about the incident.

Airline negligence cases are not something we read regularly about in the news, but the most common reasons these unfortunate events occur is due to:

  1. Negligent Hiring
  2. Lack of Training

If your loved one’s injury or death was caused by careless airline employees, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death case. Our Florida Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton may be able to help you obtain justice.

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Three passengers and two flight attendants have been hospitalized after suffering from head injuries after an Allegiant Airlines flight en route to Pittsburgh experienced severe turbulence.

According to the FAA, Allegiant 7001, an Airbus A319 aircraft, diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida after several injuries were reported on board due to the severe turbulence.

The flight originated in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and was headed to Pittsburgh International Airport.

According to Allegiant, there were 137 passengers and six crew members on board the flight.

The five people taken to the hospital sustained head injuries. It is not immediately clear their condition.

Allegiant Air issued the following statement: “The airline is currently working to accommodate all passengers and develop a plan for getting all passengers safely to their destination. Passengers are currently being cleared through customs.”

Turbulence is a common occurrence during any high altitude flight, but sadly it can also result in the injury of passengers, as this case shows. If proper protocols are not followed or if passengers are not in their seats when experiencing sudden shifts and jolts, then serious injuries can arise.

Airline workers negligence can be a factor in turbulence-related injuries on aircrafts. When flight attendants, pilots or crew members fail to abide by proper safety procedures or do not take the necessary actions to prevent injuries, then the airline and its employees can be held responsible for any costs associated with injuries that result from that negligence.

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Two people were seriously injured Monday morning after a small plane crash-landed at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

A Piper PA-28 single-engine plane on its way to Albert Whitted Airport crashed at the park around 10:30 a.m. The plane had taken off from Tallahassee and was carrying three men and a 17-year-old girl from Ireland, according to authorities.

The pilot, a 57-year-old man, and one of the passengers, a 52-year-old man, were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as trauma alerts. Both men were listed in serious but stable condition.

The two other occupants, a 48-year-old man, and the girl, suffered minor injuries.

10561319506_baca8b4a00_mPolice believe that the engine failed as the pilot began his approach, and he was forced to attempt a landing in the park, which is about a mile away from the runway.

A yoga class and mom’s fitness class was taking place in the area when the plane crashed. A man listening to an audiobook saw the plane clip a tree and called 911.

According to the witness, the plane hit the tree, causing the left landing wheel to veer left. Once the wheel hit the ground the plane rolled on its side and slid before coming to a stop. One of the passengers opened the door and exited after the extreme landing.

This is the second small plane crash near Albert Whitted Airport in just over two weeks. On Aug. 31, a 70-year-old man was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed into the water of the airport on the southeastern edge of downtown.

Airplane and aviation accidents are by their very nature quite devastating. In fact, most of these accidents result in painful injuries and even death. Although rare, airplane crashes do occur from time to time with large commercial airlines as well as small private and charter airplanes.

Aviation lawsuits involve complex legal issues – from determining the cause of these accidents to proving negligence and establishing what laws apply and which courts have jurisdiction.

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A pilot and his passenger are listed in serious condition after their single engine plane crashed into a back lot near a Lowe’s home improvement store in Palatka on Friday morning.

The plane, a Cessna 400, was attempting to touch down at the nearby Kay Larkin airstrip, but crashed to the ground just before 11 a.m., almost smashing into the store on Highway 19.

The pilot, a 73-year-old man, and his passenger, a 71-year-old man, were transported to a local hospital.

The pilot suffered debilitating injuries and the passenger is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to reports.

cessna 400The plane smashed into a set of wood pallets and slid into other items before coming to a shuddering halt. No one on the ground was harmed.

Authorities are unsure as to what caused the crash. They have cordoned off the scene for the National Transportation Safety Board to review the crash site.

Plane accidents are usually very serious, resulting in severe injuries and even death. Even just minor accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones and severe burns. Plane crashes can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common include:

  • Pilot Error
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Equipment Failure
  • Inclement Weather
  • Miscommunications by Air Traffic Controllers
  • Fuel Problems

Any of these errors could lead to an unfortunate crash. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a private or commercial plane accident, a Florida Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help.

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A fixed wing single engine plane crash that occurred over the weekend in the Morriston area has resulted in two fatalities.

According to the Chiefland Citizen, the victims of the crash have not been positively identified as of yet.

A witness with more than 50 years of experience as a pilot supposedly saw the aircraft leave the private air strip called “Wing Field” shortly after 4:30 p.m. The witness alleges that the aircraft spit and sputtered before crashing into a heavily wooded area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are further investigating the incident.

According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of the crash remains unknown, but weather is not believed to have been a factor.

The most common airplane accidents tend to involve private planes, corporate jets and small chartered aircrafts. According to statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board, in 2008, general aviation had a lethal accident rate per 100,000 flight hours that was almost five times greater than the rate of accidents for commercial carriers. In 2009, more than 20 million flight hours were flown by general aviation aircrafts with 1,474 total accidents reported. A pilot’s level of experience undoubtedly plays a role in these numbers, but there can be other factors that can cause unfortunate mishaps in small plane accidents. The aircraft’s design, poor maintenance, a defective part, air traffic control negligence, weather and other factors can be the ultimate cause of a plane crash.

Due to the overwhelming circumstances involving small plane accidents, it is vital to understand that the investigations surrounding these accidents can be just as complex as major airline disasters. The legal issues involved with small plane accidents resulting in serious injuries or wrongful death are extremely complicated, so it is important to seek the aide of an experienced attorney if you believe aviation negligence played a role in you or a loved one’s crash.

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A Gainesville, Florida man was hospitalized Saturday morning with non-critical injuries after crashing his single-engine experimental plane.

The Gainesville pilot was returning for landing on the runway after taking his plane out when he crashed nose-first.

The man was alone in the plane and allegedly remained in the wreckage for some time, according to the Gainesville Sun.

Gainesville Fire Rescue cut the man out of what they identified as a biplane. He was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida in stable condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is supposedly investigating the crash.

The FAA registry shows the manufacturer of the plane to be Brown Narcisse and the model as a Christen Eagle II.

Air traffic is generally considered a safe means of transportation, but when something goes wrong it often results in fatal injuries. An aviation accident is any incident or series of occurrences that involve an aircraft and causes property damage, injures someone or causes wrongful death. A crash can occur while the plane is on the ground, ascending into flight or descending to the ground for landing.

Numerous airplane accidents involve an element of negligence. Most aviation negligence cases can be traced back to a Federal Aviation Administration violation dealing with licenses or certificates, flight rules, airworthiness of the aircraft and hazardous materials. There are many factors that can play a part in FAA violations such as equipment failure, human error and environmental conditions.

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