Helicopters are a stylish and useful way to transport severely injured people from an accident scene, to an urgent care clinic or hospital for emergency services. Helicopters can also be used for entertainment, to show someone around a major city or scenic area by air. The helicopters can also be useful to take someone of means to an airport quickly, to catch a private flight or even a commercial flight if necessary.
Helipads Are Different than Heliports
A helipad is a helicopter pad that is constructed and built on the ground or on the rooftop of a building. A heliport is just like an airport, but for helicopters. The services that are available at a full-service heliport are not going to be available at a helipad. The helipad is not a temporary structure, but it is a different structure when compared to a heliport. The helipad needs to have an increased amount of lighting to allow a pilot to land there safely. If this increased lighting is not there, and there are other issues with the helipad, it may be defective and a dangerous place for a helicopter to land with passengers.
Helicopters Are Notorious for Having Nighttime Landing Accidents
A pilot in a helicopter landing at night may have trouble seeing where to land safely on a helipad in the night time. Many accidents have occurred because a helicopter pilot was unable to properly see the helipad to land because of lack of lighting. There are many dangerous issues that can occur to the helicopter with a lack of lighting or a defective helipad, such as with a:
- Hard landing
- Forced landing
- Loss of engine power
- Airframe malfunction
- Component failure
- System failure
- Loss of total engine power
- Loss of control of the helicopter
- Total mechanical failure
Statistics show that the hard landing and forced landing are the two highest daytime hazards for a helicopter landing, followed closely by the rollover event for a helicopter. In the nighttime, the most hazardous events are a forced landing, hard landing, followed by a rollover and a system variety of malfunctions. Another unhighlighted issues is that if the helicopter does not maintain the proper rotor revolutions per minute (RPM), there is a higher likelihood of a crash in those instances. This instance will occur with pilot inexperience, or with pilot error in managing the helicopter and its functions.
When a pilot lands on a helipad with a lack of lighting and where there is a defect, you can expect a recipe for disaster to happen. If you have been injured on a helipad that had a lack of lighting or a defect, you need to give our law office a call right now. We can help you sort out the legal issues, initiate a lawsuit and help you to get recovery compensation for your personal injuries related to this type of loss.
Helipads Placed on Rooftops Are at a Higher Risk of Experiencing Severe Turbulence from the Rotor Wake Interactions with Surrounding Buildings
When a helicopter is expected to land on a helipad that is situated on top of a high-rise building, there will be inherent problems with this scenario. If that helipad has a lack of lighting and a defect, there is a high likelihood that a serious accident will take place in that situation.
The helicopter does not just land on the building on the roof, pick up passengers, then take off again. There are many physical and physics related environmental issues that come into play, just for the helicopter to land, let alone take off again! For example, when a helicopter lands on a helipad on the roof of a building, there will be rotor wake interactions that will usually affect the helicopter.
Can I Sue for a Helipad That Had a Lack of Lighting and a Helipad Defect?
Of course, we can sue for a helipad that had a lack of lighting and a helipad defect, that caused you serious personal injuries. You will want to call our Los Angeles case lawyers on this issue. We are here for you, and can file a lawsuit on the merits of your case. We are on your side on this one, just call to get the lawsuit started, as you are still healing from your personal injuries.
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Uber Copter and Whisk Helicopter Services Stress Safety for All Trips, But There Can Be Issues
Although Uber Copter and Whisk helicopter services make a point to stress the safety of all of its helicopter trips, there can be issues. Namely, when a helipad has a lack of lighting and a defect, there is a much higher likelihood of an incidence of a serious accident with the helicopter.
Helicopters Have Accidents Commonly in the Night Time
Helicopter accidents on defective and poorly lit helipads are commonly occurring in the nighttime. Night sight for helicopter pilots is difficult under the best of conditions. More fatal accidents occur for helicopter pilots in the night time hours. The most common factors contributing to nighttime helicopter crash fatalities are:
- Poor weather conditions
- Human factors
- Controlled flight into terrain
- Landing issues
- Issues with the helipad conditions for landing
- Visibility and darkness issues
- Other weather issues
- Organizational compliance
- Pilot decision making and judgment errors
- Pilot training and experience
- Pilot incapacitation
- Pilot attention
- Pilot orientation issues
- Pilot flight preparation
- Mechanical problems with the helicopter
If you have been injured by a helipad that had a lack of proper lighting and a defect on the helipad, just call us today to discuss your case and losses. We are here for you and know how to advise you on the next steps to getting a full recovery compensation package for your claim.
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