No matter how old you are, you most likely automatically look up when you hear the familiar “whomp, whomp, whomp” or “chop, chop, chop” sound that helicopters make. This is especially true if they are flying so low as to almost make you wonder if a landing is going to occur right in your own front yard.

Helicopters naturally differ in structure from other aircraft. The bubble-shaped cockpit and narrow cargo area, along with the top and tail propellers, can make them easy to navigate and land.  However, their structure and size can make them more susceptible to crashes since their structure makes the helicopter more susceptible to changes in weather patterns and wind variations.

When helicopters are involved in crashes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must investigate and they often determine who or what is responsible for the incident, information that may be needed if a victim in the wreck decides to retain the services of a personal injury attorney.

Other factors that can be important in investigating a helicopter crash includes who owned the aircraft, who was operating the helicopter, their credentials, and for what purpose.