A jet recently crashed into Cherokee National Forest. Was a defective oxygen system to blame?
The jet involved was a T-45C Goshawk. Two men were killed when the jet crashed into the forest.
Defective Parts and Aviation Accidents
Around one-fifth of aviation accidents are the result of mechanical failure. In April of this year, the Navy grounded some of its T-45 jets because more than 100 instructors expressed concerns about the jets’ oxygen systems. Two pilots said that the jets were having up to three incidents during training every week.
At the speeds (up to 645 miles per hour) and G-forces Naval pilots fly in these jets, hypoxia is a serious concern. So much so, in fact, that the Navy puts its pilots through training in pressure chambers so that they are able to identify the signs of hypoxia if it occurs. If oxygen systems do not work properly, these pilots are exposed to a serious risk of falling unconscious due to hypoxia. When that happens, aviation accidents can occur.
If a mechanical failure leads to an aviation accident, the victims of that accident and their families are able to bring a lawsuit against the owner, manufacturer or other responsible party. Proving that a mechanical error was the cause of an aviation accident, however, is a complicated and time-consuming process. Investigators have to look at every piece of the aircraft to determine that it was, indeed, the failure of a mechanical component that caused the crash and not other factors, like pilot error.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, an attorney can help you seek damages from the negligent party responsible.
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