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What You Need to Know: The Common Causes of Helicopter Crashes

Helicopter flights offer people a unique perspective of Idaho. Viewing attractions like Hells Canyon and Julia Davis Park are breathtaking from so high up in the air and has many Iowa natives inquiring about how to take flight.

Before you step on that aircraft, however, you should know that doing so doesn’t come without risk. The threat of a crash is present whenever you get on a plane, jet, helicopter, or even a hot air balloon. Although you will likely experience an enjoyable flight and safe landing, there’s a chance you may not.

Common Causes of Helicopter Crashes

Helicopter crashes occur for a variety of reasons, but some are more common than others. Here, we take a look at a few:

  • Pilot error. Passengers often believe that all helicopter pilots are well experienced and have the credentials required to operate the aircraft safely. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Inexperience is a major cause of helicopter crashes, as is negligence. Pilots taking unnecessary risks, not following procedure, or operating the helicopter while under the influence can cause deadly crashes to occur.  
  • Bad weather. Although many helicopter pilots will refuse to take flight in inclement weather, there’s not much they can do if the weather unexpectedly changes while they are in the air. Severe weather can make seeing and operating the helicopter safely difficult. As a result, disaster can strike.
  • Maintenance issues. Not keeping up with maintenance of the helicopter and flaws in the aircraft design, can cause helicopters to malfunction—often ending in tragedy for those on board.

When the Unthinkable Happens

If you were involved in an air crash accident, you likely have a difficult road ahead that is filled with doctor’s appointments, pain, suffering, and medical bills. Having an attorney on your side may help you receive compensation that can help your future look a little brighter.

Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your case and find out how we can help you with your recovery. 


Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer