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FAA warns carriers about weight-related aviation accidents

In Billings, Montana, people understand that commercial flights can accommodate many people on a single flight. Other than the pilots, passengers rely on aviation companies not only to ensure a comfortable flying experience but also to keep them safe. A plane crash is not the only time that an injury can happen if a person is on an aircraft; people may sustain injuries from takeoff to landing.

A recent Safety Alert for Operators 13005 from the Federal Aviation Administration mandates that carriers review loading and securing methods that are necessary to ensure safety for transporting heavy vehicles. The order addresses the possibility that the shifting of vehicles in the aircraft may cause difficulty maintaining the weight and balance of the aircraft. The SAFO aims to remind pilots, cargo inspectors and loaders that heavier loads like vehicles require more than the typical cargo pallet.

Training is also emphasized in the alert. It requires operators to ensure proper training of the workers before they get involved in loading, unloading and security of the aircraft cargos. The operators need to ensure that the aircraft's tie-down limitations are not exceeded. The people who are responsible for the cargo while in the air should also make sure that restraint requirements are calculated to preempt vertical, lateral and longitudinal forces.

Aviation accidents can be avoidable by simply following safety protocols. Pilots are trained to ensure passenger safety. Pilot error and miscalculation can cause severe injuries and deaths. A victim who has suffered because of a pilot or carrier's negligence can claim compensation for financial loss. The monetary compensation can help to alleviate expenses and losses incidental to the accident.

Source: AIN Online, "FAA Warns Carriers Transporting Heavy Vehicles," Robert P. Mark, May 27, 2013

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