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Monitor landing speed: one way of preventing aviation accidents

It is a known fact that flying in an airplane is safer than driving in a motor vehicle. Yellowstone residents probably know that aviation accidents rarely happen. But, when an aircraft accident does occur, it is often tragic due to the high probability of death among passengers. People involved in a plane crash may also suffer from serious injuries, including a spinal cord injury, neck injury and head injury.

Many people often blame the pilot in an aviation accident. Some people even question the ability of the pilot to operate the aircraft, their training and "hours in the air." A thorough investigation is needed in order to prove who's at fault in aircraft accidents. Operating protocols, the airplane's components and equipment, as well as maintenance, can all be key factors in determining the liability in such a case.

Asiana Airlines has been in the headlines a great deal after one of its airplanes, a Boeing 777, crashed at San Francisco Airport. Two people died and 182 people were injured in this tragic accident. Based on the reports, the pilots of the Boeing 777 told authorities that the airplane's automatic throttle malfunctioned, causing the aircraft to crash at the end of the airport runway.

Pilots also stated that they set the air speed of the plane at 137 knots. Before the crash occurred the National Transportation Safety Board discovered that the plane was flying at 30 knots below what it should have been flying, which could have been a contributing factor in the tragic accident. According to experts, it is the duty of pilots to constantly monitor the speed of the aircraft, and in the case of the pilots in the Boeing 777, they may have failed to address the issue before it got out of control. Although a case such as this seldom happens in Yellowstone, readers should know that aviation accident victims and their families may recover compensation by filing a lawsuit.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Too early to blame Asiana pilots for plane crash, NTSB says," Laura Nelson, Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian, July 10, 2013

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