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Technology doesn't eliminate pilot error

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, "controlled flight into terrain" accidents accounted for 25% of all fatal commercial air accidents ten years ago. In 2014, however, they accounted for only 2% of all accidents and 13% of airline fatalities worldwide. "Controlled flight into terrain" refers to an accident in which a normal aircraft collides with the ground, water, a mountain or other obstacle after the pilot becomes disoriented or makes a mistake. According to the article, these accidents have become much rarer thanks to improved technology that warns pilots of an impending collision. 

The article also points out, though, that pilots rarely report such dangerous landings, which include premature descents. Data cited in the article show that of more than 20 million flights analyzed over 15 years, more than 200 commercial flights triggered emergency collision warnings. 

Unless you've been hurt in an aviation accident, it's possible you wouldn't know if you had ever been on a flight that experienced an emergency collision warning. Airline accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including mechanical failure or even collision with a flock of birds. But when pilot negligence is to blame, injured parties or family members of injured or deceased passengers may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit

While it may be reassuring to know that technology has greatly decreased the incidence of "controlled flight into terrain" accidents, the data cited in the article show that these events do still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in such an accident, it's important to speak with personal injury lawyer with experience handling such cases. 

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