Alaska is a beautiful location that many people come to visit. They may take a cruise to the area or may charter a plane to get a different view of the landscape. There are plane tours being given constantly, allowing tourists to make the most of their visit. While many of these tours take place without incident, due to a variety of factors, there are situation when an aviation accident can occur. The issue could be with the weather, a mistake by the pilot or a mechanical error.
Aviation accidents do not happen all that often when compared to the amount of car accidents that take place each day. When they do occur, the outcome is likely to be devastating. They will often involve serious injuries or even fatalities amongst passengers. Passengers may also be stranded in an area where they have no access to help, there is no way to contact a rescue team and they have few, if any, supplies with them. While riding in a plane can be safe, and precautions are taken, there is still always some amount of risk associated with it.
Tour companies are responsible for providing regular maintenance and inspection on their planes, making sure their pilots are capable and checking weather conditions to avoid taking tourist into a dangerous storm. They can be held liable in certain situations, such as when they do not provide sufficient supplies for an emergency, maintenance is not thorough or often enough, the pilot or other staff members act negligently or the risk associated with the tour is not disclosed upfront. For representation in an aviation accident, get in touch with our Alaska personal injury attorney and find out if you have a claim.