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Aircraft Equipment Failures

While air travel is generally considered to be one of the safer modes of transportation, there are more aircraft related accidents than most people realize. The majority of these aviation accidents involve chartered flights, corporate planes and private airplanes. With respect to these smaller aircrafts, aviation equipment failure is oftentimes a contributing cause to these kinds of aviation accidents. Defective design, faulty manufacturing, inadequate testing, improper usage and poor maintenance are all factors that may contribute to aircraft equipment failure.

Some dangerous equipment failures include:

  • Aviation engine failure – The engine is one of the most important pieces of equipment on an airplane. Larger commercial aircrafts usually have more than one engine and can sometimes function with the loss of one. In smaller, single-engine airplanes, engine failure can result in serious injuries or fatalities.

  • Aviation electrical equipment issues – Private, non-commercial flights are not generally tracked by radar. When navigation systems, communication systems or altimeters fail on these aircrafts, the results can be catastrophic.

  • Aviation metal fatigue – If airplanes are cheaply or poorly designed, plane equipment is more susceptible to metal fatigue. If the pressure on metal crosses a certain threshold, tiny cracks will begin to form at the surface. Eventually the crack reaches a point where the entire structure will fracture.

One of the leading causes of Massachusetts equipment failure is when a Massachusetts manufacturer chooses to use cheap and substandard parts rather than quality aviation supplies. In the interest of cutting costs, many airplane manufacturers purchase their airplane parts in foreign countries. Although it is more cost effective, this practice is dangerous because aviation equipment manufacturing is not held to FAA standards in many foreign countries.

Trimming company costs by using substandard aviation supplies or ignoring aviation maintenance requirements is legally considered negligence. If you have been involved in an aviation accident due to the failure of airplane equipment, you may be able to recover financial damages from the manufacturer. Call our Massachusetts airplane equipment failure lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at

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