Plane Crash Causes

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Clearly, there are very real dangers associated with flying. Planes move at incredible speeds, tens of thousands of feet above ground. Because of this, pilots must undergo rigorous training and gather hours of in-field experience before they are allowed to fly commercial planes. The planes themselves must be very well designed, as even minor malfunctions could be disastrous.

Due to all of these established precautions, plane crashes are actually very rare occurrences. In fact, your odds of being involved in a fatal plane accident are 1 in 8.47 million (if you are flying with a reliable airline). When plane crashes do happen, however, they are most often caused by one of the following factors:

  • Bird strike
  • Weather conditions (lightning)
  • Sabotage/hijacking
  • Design flaw
  • Mechanical failure
  • Pilot error
  • Air traffic controller error

Unlike car accidents, plane crashes often result in death of everyone onboard. In the case of commercial plane crashes, this means that hundreds of people die in a tragic accident. Therefore, those responsible for designing, building, flying, maintaining, or directing planes have a very high responsibility of ensuring that no negligent or risky errors occur.