Aviation Accidents that Inspired Crucial Safety Improvements
Skip To Content
  • (801) 845.9955
    info@elevate-aviation.com
  • M - F 8am - 5pm
    Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
Main Content

Aviation Accidents that Inspired Crucial Safety Improvements

A+ A-

Cirrus planeFlying in an airplane is extremely safe. But how did flying become so reliable? Unfortunately, part of the reason why flying is so safe is because of accidents that triggered important safety improvements. Below are a few tragic airline accidents that inspired safety improvements that are still seen each time you step onto an airplane.

Portland – United Airlines Flight 173
Upgrade – Teamwork in the cockpit

United Flight 173 approached Portland, Oregon with 181 passengers and began to circle the airport for an hour as a landing gear issue was being worked out. The captain had been warned of the diminishing fuel supply by the flight engineer onboard but waited too long to begin the final approach. In the end, the DC-8 ran out of fuel and crashed, killing 10. Because of this crash, United Airlines improved cockpit training procedures, putting an emphasis on teamwork and communication among the crew.

Cincinnati – Air Canada Flight 797
Upgrade – Lavatory smoke detectors

On a DC-9 flying from Dallas to Toronto, thick black smoke began to waft out of the rear lavatory, filling the cabin. The plane made an emergency descent in Cincinnati, but shortly after the doors and emergency exits were opened, a flash fire erupted, killing 23 of the 46 people onboard the aircraft. The FAA then mandated that lavatories be equipped with smoke detectors. Additionally, all jetliners were retrofitted with flame-resistant cushions.

Sioux City – United Airlines Flight 232
Upgrade – Engine safety improvements

United Airlines flight 232 was flying from Denver to Chicago when the tail engine in the DC-10 suffered engine failure. The planes hydraulic lines were severed, making the plane uncontrollable. The captain struggled to land the plane and, as it made a crash landing, it killed all but 185 of the 296 people onboard. The accident caused the FAA to order a modification of the DC-10’s hydraulic system, requiring safety systems in future aircraft. This crash also changed the way airline engines are inspected.

Aircraft safety is always improving as technology advances. Here at Elevate Aviation, we’re proud to be on the forefront of these improvements, including only teaching the most updated and recent policies and procedures. For more information, please contact Elevate Aviation here in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Posted on Aug 7, 2018
Image Credit: © Dreamstime.com

Share:

Archives

Jul 26, 2021, 7:07 PM
Growing up, if you desired to become a pilot, there is a possibility that owning one was also a part of your fantasy. As an…
Jul 12, 2021, 5:26 PM
You've unquestionably contemplated owning a plane; essentially every pilot has. On the off chance that you need more…
Jun 28, 2021, 11:26 PM
Getting accepted to a flight school can be very exciting. You can’t wait to start your training so that one day you can fly a…
Jun 14, 2021, 8:36 PM
As exciting as flying a plane can be, it can also be very dangerous. One of the major threats that pilots often find…
May 24, 2021, 1:13 PM
Joining a flight school can be a really exciting experience. In fact, for most pilots, their first flying lesson may be one…