One of the biggest news stories of last year had to do with an AirAsia flight seemingly disappearing into thin air. The plane, along with its 162 passengers, vanished from the radar while flying to Singapore from Indonesia. Recently, though, parts of the flight have been located in the Java Sea. What caused this crash to happen? The investigation is ongoing but severe weather may have played a role in this tragedy. According to some reports, the plane was subjected to lightning and storm clouds, as well as strong winds. Still, countless flights are subject to these same conditions all over the globe, and aviation accidents remain relatively rare.
Every year, millions of Americans take to the skies to travel all over the world for both business and pleasure. While a majority of these flights will occur without a hitch, some of these trips will not be as successful. Aviation accidents, whether they involve private or commercial airplanes, can lead to devastating injuries and even death amongst its pilots and passengers.
For most people in Pennsylvania, the thought of flying in a plane is not frightening. Many people fly numerous times a year without incident, but there is always a risk of a plane crash, however small. Although most of the crashes we hear about are from small planes operated by recreational pilots, any kind of plane could go down, and the relatives of anyone killed can file wrongful death lawsuits.