Four months ago, a Southwest plane carrying 133 passengers and several crew members arrived from Houston at the Nashville airport. Though the plane landed without any complications, it slid off the taxiway on its way to the gate.
According to a report by the WSMV-TV, passengers on the plane said the plane was shaking violently while the crew members shouted for them to keep their heads down. Suddenly, the passengers heard a loud bang and the passengers lurched to the side. The plane had slid into a ditch. Flight attendants took immediate action once the plane seemed to have stopped moving. Passengers were instructed to eject the emergency slides, which is what was used to evacuate the plane. Emergency response teams quickly responded.
Eight passengers sustained injuries that were not life threatening, but one passenger experienced severe chest pain. Thankfully, everyone survived. The FAA is continuing to investigate the plane accident.
What Do I Do If I’m Involved in a Plane Accident?
Though it is a miracle none were seriously injured in the plane accident in Nashville, this is usually not the case. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Safety Board showed there is an average of 1,500 civil aviation accidents in the United States every year, and most do result in serious injuries. Plane accidents are most often caused by the following:
- Defective equipment
- Equipment that is not properly maintained
- Pilot Error
- Defective design or structure of the plane
- Negligence from a Federal Air Traffic Controller
- Flight service employee negligence
When most people think of airplane crashes, they picture planes falling out of the sky. However, as with this scenario at the Nashville airport, plane accidents can happen during takeoff or when landing. A plane can also collide with another object. Aviation accidents can also include privately-owned planes, helicopters, commercial passenger planes, hang gliders and even some drones.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a plane crash, it is important you contact an attorney with experience in handling aviation accident cases.
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