Riding in a helicopter is an experience that is unmatched. Helicopter flights
are not only used for medical emergencies, but they are also used for
personal recreation. For those lucky enough to experience a helicopter
ride without the threat of a medical emergency, it can be an enjoyable
experience. Although flying is meant to be the safest mode of transportation
accidents still happen. Helicopters are complicated machines. Unlike regular
passenger planes, they are designed to flexible enough to deal with quick
and sudden movements. Helicopters serve a number of purposes, they are
used when people seeking medical attention need to be airlifted and are
also used in military as well as rescue missions. However, with any type
of heavy machinery things can go wrong. Even things within the external
environment can be the cause of helicopter crashes. Listed below are the
most common causes.
1. Inclement weather
Heavy fog, rain, or snow are weather conditions that are not optimal for
flying. Driving through fog in a vehicle is difficult enough, imagine
enduring such an experience thousands of feet in the air. Bad weather
makes it difficult to gauge distance, see clearly ahead, and avoid errors
in judgment. Storms are often accompanied by winds, usually traveling
at high speeds. High speed winds are constantly changing directions, because
aircrafts use winds to assist in flight this can be dangerous. Even helicopters
that are designed for quick movement can not adjust quickly enough for
winds changing directions.
2. Mechanical malfunction
For a helicopter to function properly there are a thousand screws and bolts
that need to be secured. Thousands of wires need to be connected to the
proper location. A frayed wire or loose screw could be the cause of a
disastrous accident. Any component of a helicopter can malfunction at
anytime without forewarning. Potential causes of mechanical malfunctions:
- Errors in design
- Insufficient testing
- Incorrect use
- Failure to maintain
- Incorrect installation
3. Operational Error
Sometimes the causes of helicopter crashes have nothing to do with mechanical
errors, but rather an operational mishap. Responsibility for this category
of error usually falls upon the people involved with flying the aircraft.
Human error can be found in the training process, mapping of the flight
course, or actual flight of aircraft. If a pilot consumes alcoholic beverages
before flight that effects his judgement that leads to an accident, this
is considered a human error. If the pilot of the helicopter operates the
aircraft beyond the limits of its capabilities this is also considered
a human error.
4. Electrical malfunction
It is possible that while on a helicopter ride the electrical source malfunctions.
Most helicopters operate on a 14 or 28 volt electrical system. This system
can still operate if the electrical source if suddenly cut off. When engine
driven alternators fail to work, these electrical systems continue to
work. However, in the event that electrical source is disrupted and the
electrical systems are not able to operate than crashes can happen.
If you have been the victim of a helicopter crash you may be entitled to
compensation,contact us at Kyle Law Firm for a free consultation.