Contact Us for a Free Consultation 1-800-790-8856

September 16, 2009 - FAA Failures Cited in Air Charter Crashes

September 16, 2009 - FAA Failures Cited in Air Charter Crashes

Failures in oversight by U.S. aviation regulators have been highlighted in at least six recent charter jet and small airliner crashes, documents indicate.

Official records show the Federal Aviation Administration failed to identify illegal charter flights, didn't spot egregious pilot training violations and did not ground unairworthy aircraft, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Accident files and investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board cite FAA oversight failures present in the accidents between 2003 and 2008 involving for-hire air carriers, the newspaper said, noting that the flights accounted for 249 deaths. Only 107 people died aboard large commercial airliners during the same period.

"We've got serious violations of the public trust," said a former NTSB board member.

FAA Flight Standards Service director John Allen would not address the specific accidents with the newspaper, but asserted the agency's inspections of charter operators is "thorough," adding that it's hard to cite such carriers unless agency inspectors see illegal acts.

The personal injury information offered by Pasadena, California personal injury Lawyer and contained herein, regarding Pasadena, California personal injury statutes and Pasadena, California personal injury claimants' rights, is general in scope. No Pasadena, California personal injury attorney / client relationship with our Pasadena, California personal injury attorneys is hereby formed nor is the information herein intended as formal legal advice. Please contact a Pasadena, California personal injury lawyer regarding your specific inquiry. See Terms of Use.


The Law Offices of Robert Dourian is committed to answering your questions about personal injury law issues in California.

We offer a free consultation and we’ll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.