Aviation Accidents

Aviation Accidents

General aviation safety has improved greatly, and flying has become safer than ever before. Nevertheless, aviation accidents still occur. According to National Transport Safety Board data, there were 1554 civil aviation accidents in the United States in 2009. According to this report, “Most general aviation accidents involve personal flights in single-engine airplanes. The volume of personal flying has declined substantially over the past decade, while the number of accidents has remained relatively flat, thus the accident rates have trended higher. The total accident rate per 100,000 flight hours is above 12, while the fatal accident rate is slightly above 2 per 100,000 flight hours.”

According to a report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the Top 10 Leading Causes of Fatal General Aviation Accidents (2001-2011) are:

  1. Loss of Control Inflight
  2. Controlled Flight Into Terrain
  3. System Component Failure – Powerplant
  4. Low Altitude Operations
  5. Unknown or Undetermined
  6. Other
  7. Fuel Related
  8. System Component Failure – Non-Powerplant
  9. Midair Collisions
  10. Windshear or Thunderstorm

Human (pilot or controller) error and mechanical failures are two leading causes of aviation accidents. Some of these causes are preventable, and failing to prevent them can lead to liability on the part of participants in aviation-related activities. While flying continues to be relatively safe, there is little margin for error when operating a plane. When aviation accidents do occur, they tend to result in severe injuries or death due to the physical force, speed, and height involved.


Aviation accidents are traumatic and catastrophic. At Scott & Wallace, we are prepared to handle your case in North Florida and Southwest Georgia. Whether you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident involving a commercial airliner, a small personal aircraft, or even a helicopter, we can help. It is always free to talk to us. There are no fees or costs unless we win your case.

The Scott & Wallace Approach to Aviation Accidents

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  • Talk to you about your case.
  • Investigate it thoroughly.
  • Aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
  • You won’t pay anything unless we recover for you.

When you hire us, we ask only that you place your legal issues squarely in our hands so that you can focus on you and your family’s healing and well-being. From there, your fight becomes our fight, and our mission is full and final justice.