Flying is considered to be one of the safest forms of transportation, with over 10 million flights annually. However, even though flying itself is safe, the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA reports that the leading cause of in-flight injuries is turbulence and unfortunately, those incidences appear to be on the rise.
Recently a United Airlines flight en route from London, England to Los Angeles, California was diverted to Montreal due to 10 serious injuries that were sustained during extreme turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean. The passengers that were not physically injured were visibly shaken.
According to reports from KABC news, there were approximately 200 passengers onboard the Boeing 777 when they suddenly experienced the severe turbulence. One of the main causes for so many serious injuries was that the seat belt sign was inactive. One of the flight attendants suffered a serious broken leg and several of the injured passengers had head injures due to the fact that they hit the ceiling. Airline injury is a specialty that only certain qualified attorneys can help you with, so consider looking for a lawyer in your State or a California injury attorney
In the United States alone, about 58-60 people are injured annually by not wearing their seatbelts while flying. Since 1980, U.S. air carriers have had 234 turbulence-type accidents; resulting in 298 serious injuries and 3 fatalities. But what causes these accidents?
Turbulence is unexpected air movement that can’t be detected by radar. Although typically they will be associated with thunderstorms, cold/warm fronts, and mountainous flying, many times the turbulence occurs with clear air, thus the name, clear air turbulence.
Since airlines are governed by the Federal Aviation Act, they are held to a high standard of care to their passengers. The airline and its employees are required to do all that is reasonable to prevent injuries from happening. Specifically, this is why the pilot usually encourages cabin movement to a minimum during flights and at most times while flying, illuminates the “fasten your safety belt” sign.
Aviation experts agree that these few flying safety tips can make your flying experience a little more safe.
· Whether the seat belt fastened light is illuminated or not, always keep your belt fastened.
· If you need to walk around the plane, such as on long flights to prevent clots, try to hold onto seat backs and take several quick walks rather than one long one.
· Try to avoid standing in aisles
Two-thirds of most turbulence accidents happen above 30,000 ft, so to be safe, keeps buckled up during the entire flight. .