Plane and Airport Accidents

Airlines maintain a very high standard of service and, statistically, flying by air is the safest way to travel. The vast majority of plane flights occur without incident and arrive at their destinations on time. However, with the many thousands of travellers taking off each year, accidents are bound to happen. The Montreal Convention on International Carriage by Air 1999, states that if a passenger suffers harm whilst on board an aircraft, then the airline is usually liable to pay compensation.

Plane accidents

If you have suffered an injury on an aircraft then you may be entitled to make a holiday accident claim.

Common accidents on airplanes include:

  • Head injuries caused by luggage falling from overhead lockers during turbulence;
  • Burns or scalds caused by hot drinks;
  • Food poisoning from uncooked meals; and
  • Slips or trips from spillages.

The most serious incidents involving planes are crashes and terrorist attacks. These incidents are not common but do they do sometimes occur. Common causes of plane crashes include:

  • Pilot error
  • Lack of fuel
  • Overloaded aircraft
  • Engine failure
  • Hijacking
  • Fires

If you feel you have suffered personal injury whilst on board an aircraft, then you might be able to claim holiday accident compensation. It is important to note however, that the Montreal Convention only allows a victim two years in which to claim damages. In the convention an accident is defined as an incident which is unexpected or unusual and is external to the passenger.

This means in certain types of accident, even if the airline was not directly at fault, a passenger might still be able to claim compensation. So, incidents such as plane crashes or terrorist attacks might be covered under the convention – because they are unexpected or unusual and external to the passenger.

Airport accidents

Accidents can often happen before a passenger has even set foot on a plane. Airports are extremely busy places and are usually well-designed buildings, ready to deal with the large numbers of people passing through the corridors, shops, restaurants and security check gates every day. However, when they are not correctly maintained or suitably cleaned, passengers can suffer from personal injuries.

Typical incidents which cause injuries at airports include:

  • Slips and falls on wet surfaces
  • Assaults from other members of the public
  • Heavy objects falling from shelves in shops
  • Suffering food poisoning from restaurants

Contact YouClaim today

If you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered personal injury at an airport or on a plane through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation today. YouClaim have helped thousands of people to get the compensation that they deserve under a no win, no fee agreement and we are sure that we can help you too.

To find out more about making a plane or airport accident claim just give us call on 0800 10 757 95. Once we have assessed your claim we will team you up with the personal injury solicitor that is most suited to your case and he or she will fight to get you the best compensation possible. 

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