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What is an Aviation Accident?

An aviation accident is a flying accident, or an accident involving a plane, helicopter or balloon. Aviation accidents are relatively uncommon, although they occur more often than widely believed, and can be devastating when they do occur. 

In 2012, for example, there were 107 accidents, 195 serious incidents and 7,300 incidents reported in Australia involving Australian aircrafts. Helicopters were involved in more accidents than planes.

Types of aviation accidents

Not all aviation accidents involve an aircraft crash. There are many types of accidents that can occur on board an aircraft. Examples of aircraft accidents include:

  • a suitcase falling out of an overhead locker causing a head injury;
  • a faulty seat suddenly falling backwards mid-flight causing a neck injury;
  • a passenger tripping over the strap of another passenger’s bag and falling;
  • a passenger falling down the steps of the aircraft while disembarking.

The aviation industry is heavily regulated to ensure the highest safety standards. Aviation law is complex as it is governed by numerous international conventions as well as domestic legislation. Generally, a commercial air carrier is liable for any physical injury suffered by a passenger in any accident which takes place on board the aircraft or in the course of any of the operations of embarking or disembarking from the aircraft.  

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If you have been injured in an aircraft accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation, including past and future medical expenses, loss of earnings, damages for pain and suffering and domestic care. Strict time limits apply, please contact us to make sure your rights are protected.