Failure to Maintain or Repair an Aircraft

There are more than 1,000 airplane crashes every year. Many are caused by inadequate aircraft repair or a failure to adhere to repair schedules. When repair services fail in their duty to keep an airplane airworthy, the maintenance company may be guilty of negligence. Similarly, if airplane management fails to adhere to maintenance schedules and repairs, it can be held liable if something goes wrong.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an airplane crash, you might be able to collect compensation if negligence is determined. For more information, contact an aviation lawyer today.

Maintenance Problems

Commercial aircraft repair and routine inspections are required to be performed on a regular basis. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has oversight and safety regulations on maintenance schedules for commercial airliners. Some airlines are known to place profits over the safety of the airplane passengers. Repair services are sometimes contracted out to unqualified or inexperienced maintenance crews in order to save money.

General aviation aircraft repair has less regulation and is usually only subject to annual inspections. As with repair services on commercial airlines, there can be a dangerous focus on correcting only what is currently wrong and ignoring problems that may develop in the future.

Aircraft maintenance includes:

  • Annual inspections
  • Heavy maintenance checks (airframe repair or refurbishment)
  • Repair or replacement of life-limited components
  • Repair of structural damage and corrosion
  • Speed modification
  • Repair of leaking fuel tanks

Contact an Aviation Attorney

When cost-cutting measures or negligent repair services compromise the safety, airplane crashes happen. Passengers and private pilots have a reasonable expectation that aircraft repair has been handled with care. If you or a loved one is harmed in an airplane accident, an experienced aviation attorney can investigate to determine if negligence occurred. You might be eligible for compensation.