For people who are nervous about flying, the initial take off and landing are the most anxiety filled moments of their trip. Once the seatbelt warning light goes off and the plane levels out for the main leg of the flight, most people then relax and treat the experience like any other sort of travel. However, there is an all too common threat for passengers that occurs all too frequently and without warning. Sudden pockets of powerful turbulence can cause grave injury without proper warning and advisement from the pilot.
On the 21st of July, 2010, United Airlines Flight 967 went through a large area of turbulence which sent any passenger or flight attendant not securely secured into their seat flying upwards, with some of the unfortunate victims slamming on to the ceiling before falling back down on top of other passengers. Upwards of 30 people were taken off the plane due to injuries, one of which left in critical condition. The most concerning thing about this event, however, is that this is not an unheard of incident. As of July, this is the third case of violent turbulence injuring passengers and crew this year for United Airlines alone. See: Aviation accident Lawyer This is an all too real threat that needs to be dealt with promptly.
The most disturbing thing about this situation is how little passengers can prepare themselves for a possible violent episode of turbulence. Without any warning from those with the equipment to detect such air phenomena there is a little that a passenger can do except always remain secured in with their seatbelts, but on an extensive flight that could last upwards of 8 to 16 hours, this becomes a very uncomfortable thing to do. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the pilots to give proper caution if they think that there may be even a slight wave of turbulence in the near future and if this is not covered properly, you may have a case against the airline. An accident attorney that specializes in airline injuries can assess the accident and subsequently help you in such a case.
The world’s largest pilot union rebuked the federal agency handling the investigation of Saturday’s passenger jet crash in San Francisco, saying it had released too much information too quickly, which could lead to wrong conclusions and compromise safety.
Asiana Airlines, based in South Korea, has said the pilot at the controls, Lee Kang-kuk, was still training on Boeing 777 jets and his supervisor was making his first flight as a trainer. Lee had 43 hours of experience flying the long-range jet, the airline said.
This is very reminiscent of an incident in Although there was a large fire in that crash, all 309 passengers and crew on the Airbus A340 managed to get off.
Without ignoring the casualty figures from the San Francisco incident, it shows that aircraft crashes like this are proving to be survivable incidents provided there is adequate crew training and an awareness of passengers to know what to do when there is an emergency.
And those key things: Know where your exit is, know to leave your belongings behind and exit the plane quickly and orderly because that is the way planes are designed.
The B777 aircraft is built so that everybody can get off the plane within 90 seconds even if half the doors are inoperable.
And they work on that basis because as you can see in the Asiana incident, one side of the aircraft is a lot more damaged than the other — and appears to be the main area of the fire — so you wouldn’t want to open the doors on that side.
Their profitability comes from paying their executives drastically lower amounts than US carriers. In 2012 United posted $589 million profit on 25.8 billion in revenues which is a 2.2% profit margin but CEO Jeff Smisek got 7.9 million. The board of directors got bonuses of 380,000 each and a total of 800 million was paid to the top 350 executives in the company. The CEO of Japan Airlines gets paid less than the pilots and eats in the cafeteria. They had a 6% profit margin in 2012. Take away executive compensation and United has about the same profit margin. That is the difference.