In the last fifty years almost 45,000 people have been killed in incidents involving private planes and helicopters. This is almost nine times the number of people that have died in commercial airline crashes. Federal investigators cite pilots as causing or contributing factors in 86% of private crashes.
When a helicopter crashes, the wreckage can leave a trail of clues that leads all the way back to the aircraft's design and manufacturer. In 2012, civil helicopters flew more than 3 million hours in the United States, resulting in 153 accidents. Of that number, 22 were fatal and 23 resulted in serious injuries. Prompt investigation of the crash site and knowledge about common causes of these crashes are critical. Abraham Watkins has handled many aviation cases through the years.