Runway Incursions

The most common aviation accidents are those involving commercial airlines. These are the multi-passenger planes that most people use for their air travel. However, many accidents occur with private airplanes as well as commercial and private helicopters.


The leading causes of commercial airline accidents include:

  • Engine failure
  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Approach and landing
  • Loss of control

Runway incursions are another common cause of commercial airline accidents. Similarly, private or “general” aviation accidents find their causes in:

  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Weather
  • Pilot decision-making
  • Loss of control
  • Runway incursions

What is a Runway Incursion?

A runway incursion is “any occurrence at an airport involving an aircraft, vehicle, person, or object on the ground that creates a collision hazard or results in loss of separation with an aircraft taking off, intending to take off, landing, or intending to land,” as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Numbers

A lot of people have the misconception that once a plane has landed all danger has been avoided. However, the statistics show otherwise. Since 1993 the number of runway incursions has increased over 70%.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an aviation accident, you have a right to strong representation and guidance. You also have the right to seek damages for any losses you incurred.

An Appleton Aviation Accident Lawyer Can Help

Contact the Appleton aviation accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800.472.9334 for a free initial consultation. We are ready to protect your rights.