Injuries caused by airplane accidents typically involve in-air collisions, accidents on take-off or landing, and injuries resulting from air turbulence. Public airline companies are closely scrutinized for safety by the federal government, and all accidents or incidents involving airplanes are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB (N-T-S-B). In addition to the NTSB investigators, the airline, the airplane manufacturer, and all insurance companies involved may send investigators to the scene to determine the cause. If you sustain an injury in an airplane accident, it can be to your advantage to contact an attorney specializing in such cases at the earliest opportunity. In many cases, the attorney can conduct an independent inquiry into the liability issues raised by the accident. Parties that can be held responsible for airline accidents include pilots, the airline, the airplane manufacturer, or air-traffic controllers. In personal injury cases, or in cases where the family is suing for the death of a loved one, liability can often only be determined based on expert testimony, and such cases generally require the skills and experience of an attorney familiar with this type of litigation. Other types of accidents occurring on airplanes, such as slip-and-fall accidents, or injuries caused by falling luggage, or by air turbulence, can result in damages claims in the same way as for other common tort claims. If you've been injured while you were a passenger on an airplane, or if you've lost a loved one in an airplane accident, contact a qualified attorney.