Onboard airline injury accidents and incidents have been growing in frequency. In general, the pilot in command is responsible for the safety of the passengers and crew as defined by the Federal Aviation Regulations. All airline pilots are required to receive crew resource management training which augments technical flight and ground training with human factor subjects. The pilot in command of the aircraft is the authority or sentry to provide a means of safety for all individuals on board the flight. If you are injured on an airplane during a flight and can prove that the resulting damages occurred solely as a result of the carelessness and negligence of the airline and its agents, servants or employees, you are entitled to financial recovery. The airline may be held responsible for the following non-inclusive violations:
1. All passengers must have a safe path of egress from their seat to the restrooms.
2. The airline shall not permit a dangerous condition to exist on the airplane where they knew or should have known of a defect.
3. All airplane agents, servants, or employees shall be properly trained, instructed, and informed with regard to safety issues and observing, detecting, and remedying possible hazardous conditions on the aircraft.
4. All passengers should be instructed concerning the safe use and storage of luggage and loose materials on the aircraft.
5. All passengers shall be prohibited from creating hazardous conditions for other passengers on the aircraft.
6. All aircraft shall have a sufficient number of flight attendants to ensure proper and safe management and inspection of the aircraft. The role played by cabin attendants on the aircraft is extraordinarily important because they are closest to passengers. They must and should be aware of safety issues and delegated with a degree of expertise regarding situations on each airline that give rise to potentially dangerous conditions.
The Pennsylvania airline accident law firm of Reiff & Bily recently was successful in representing a minister who sustained a permanent and catastrophic injury while falling on an airplane in mid-flight due to an aircraft premise defect and lack of proper supervision by the flight crew.
If you or a loved one has sustained an aviation accident, please feel free to contact one of our experienced aviation accident lawyers at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com for a free, no obligation consultation.