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Maintenance Negligence Aircraft Maintenance Negligence When Maintenance Negligence Costs Lives...

Maintenance Negligence Aircraft Maintenance Negligence When Maintenance Negligence Costs Lives...

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Maintenance Negligence Aircraft Maintenance Negligence When Maintenance Negligence Costs Lives... January 8, 2003, a small 19-passenger plane took off as scheduled from Charlotte-Douglas International. Moments after taking off, the nose of the plane jerked upward. Due to defective maintenance of the elevator control system and center of gravity imbalance, the pilot was incapable of bringing the nose of the plane back down. With the plane pointed straight upward, air could no longer flow over the wings and the plane lost all lift, causing it to plunge to the ground. Everyone aboard Air Midwest Flight 5481 - 19 passengers, pilot, and first officer - died as the plane crashed and erupted into flames. Planes the size of the Beech 1900 (the plane that carried Flight 5481) are required to undergo a routine, detailed maintenance inspection every 1200 miles. In this instance, the plane had undergone a maintenance inspection just days before the aviation accident. However, negligence in the maintenance inspection led to the death of 21 people aboard the plane. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into this particular plane crash revealed negligence in maintenance that placed this small aircraft flight - and the passengers aboard - at great risk. What went wrong on Flight 5481? There were several problems that contributed to the air disaster on January 8, 2003. In a maintenance check, just days before the crash, maintenance workers (who were outsourced, inexperienced subcontractors) found that the cables that controlled the elevation were out of adjustment. An inexperienced mechanic improperly installed new cables and adjusted them incorrectly. The mechanics skipped nine steps in the maintenance operation - committing a critical error in making and checking the adjustments made to the cables. In addition, there were problems with the center of gravity which compounded the problems associated with the negligent maintenance. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines set forth an average passenger weight and average luggage weight to be used in calculating weight to determine whether a plane is overloaded. However, these average weights had not been evaluated since 1936. Using these outdated guidelines, the plane was safe for take-off. However, using the actual weight aboard, the plane was carrying nearly 600 pounds over its capacity. Upon take off - with the overloaded luggage in the rear of the plane and the weight of the landing gear also in the rear - the center of gravity was thrown too far back, thrusting the nose of the plane into the air. Because the elevation/pitch controls were not functioning properly, the captain did not have any chance at avoiding the crash. Airlines do the absolute minimum to keep planes flying. - Ron Goldman, aviation accident attorney of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. The aviation law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., based in Los Angeles, California, represented two families in wrongful death actions against the airline. As a result of our client's fierce determination and our negotiation skills, we obtained a favorable settlement and an unprecedented apology from the airline to all the victims and their families. However, Flight 5481 was not the first plane with negligent maintenance - and it will not be the last. Lack of oversight by the FAA and by the commercial airlines has resulted in outsourcing of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) inspections to contractors and subcontractors with limited experience and insufficient inspection oversight. Profits are placed above safety. In fact, Northwest Airlines outsources approximately ninety percent of its maintenance inspections. As a result, aircrafts that are not air-worthy are being placed on the runway and in the air, placing the lives of passengers in jeopardy. Fatal Aviation Crash Attorneys - Helping Victims and Families Nationwide At Baum Hedlund, our attorneys dedicate their practice to crash victims and their families. We find answers for our clients and pursue compensation on their behalf. And, as in the case involving Flight 5481, we pursue more than just compensation. We fought for an apology for the negligent wrongdoing that cost the lives of 21 people on that tragic, fatal day. We are here to provide you with the same service - fighting for justice and accountability. For immediate assistance - or to schedule an initial consultation or case evaluation with an experienced plane crash lawyer - please contact Baum Hedlund, P.C.

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