Living a jet setting life is perhaps one of the best ways to live life to the fullest. Compared with other modes of transportation, chartering a private plane remains the safest method of transportation. Sadly, however, aviation accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that require months to years of medical care and rehabilitation therapy. In some cases, these accidents can result in fatalities. And this is the main reason why some people are very anxious about traveling by plane.

However, if you are among those who have no choice but to ride a plane to get to your destination, it would be best to know the common injuries related to aviation accidents. This way, you know how to protect yourself, just in case.

Common Aviation Accident Injuries

Some of the injuries that you may sustain from aviation accidents may include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

One of the most common is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can be caused by blunt force trauma that the passenger may experience after the plane crashes. Those who survive the plane crash often need to undergo long-term rehabilitation and treatment, particularly those who suffer from injuries to the brain stem as they can lose some of their functionalities that impact their regular life.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

Another common injury resulting from a plane crash would be spinal and back injuries, particularly if the crash happens when the passenger is not wearing their seatbelt. The impact of the collision can cause spinal cord injuries that may render them paraplegic.


Fractures are also pretty common among aviation accident victims. Fractures can range from simple to compound fractures, which can require extensive surgery. The severity of the injury would depend on several factors, like plane altitude during the descent and the speed of the aircraft when it hit the ground.


For aviation accidents where the plane catches fire, passengers can also suffer from severe burns. Often, patients have to undergo cosmetic surgery to help them heal. Burns can also result from improper handling of hot beverages while in-flight.

Lung Injuries

In some cases, some passengers with burn injuries suffer from lung diseases because of the level of smoke that they inhale from the plane’s emissions. Some end up suffering from pneumonia or cystic fibrosis.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

It is pretty common for the victims of aviation accidents to suffer from an emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Often, they need to undergo continuous psychological and psychiatric treatment to help them get their lives back to normal. In some cases, these victims would not ever dare to fly again, which can limit their job prospects.

Common Causes of Aviation Accidents


Unexpected air movement can cause the aircraft to jolt and move hazardously. Passengers who may be in transit from the bathroom to their designated seat can fall and hit their heads on the seats.


Yes, planes can collide while in the air. This is rare but can happen due to various reasons. The most common is deliberate or improper communication with the airport personnel.

Falling Luggage

Sometimes improperly stacked or latched overhead bins can cause carry-on bags to fall off and hit unsuspecting passengers.

Accidents often provide no warning, such as airplane crashes and turbulence. But those who are aware of possibilities can help prevent it from happening to them. Passengers can double-check overhead bins and take precautions when handling hot drinks while traveling by plane.

@lorelyn @brynel_maries Edited