Helicopters are generally a safe form of transportation, especially when the aircraft has an experienced pilot. Unfortunately, there are sometimes issues that happen that lead to a critical incident. These can sometimes result in property damage and injuries.
When a helicopter crashes, the questions that surface quickly surround what caused the crash. There are many reasons that this can happen. Ultimately, the underlying causes of many crashes include pilot error, uncontrollable events like weather and mechanical defects.
A combination of factors may come into play
In many helicopter crashes, there’s more than one factor that leads to the crash. An example of this is if a sudden storm occurs, which causes the pilot to make a judgment call about the flight that ultimately contributes to a critical safety incident. The storm might cause damage to a rotor that leads to a loss of control during the flight.
Sometimes, system failure is a contributing factor to these crashes. There are many systems and components that must work together to keep the helicopter on the right path. A component or system failure could be due to a defect, improper maintenance or something that was not installed incorrectly. People may try to blame the pilot, but they might not have anything to do with these issues.
Anyone who is being accused of negligence in a helicopter crash should ensure they understand how they can combat these accusations. Working closely with someone who is familiar with these matters is often beneficial since they can help you determine your options and how they may impact your future.