The aftermath of a plane crash is often a mess - both literally and figuratively. While large commercial airline crashes are likely to have the most casualties, accidents involving smaller planes can nonetheless result in death, injuries, destruction of property and difficult legal questions.
If you are like the average airline consumer, you probably are not educated about aviation and the engineering and maintenance involved in the industry. You are probably someone who just hopes for the best when you are boarding an aircraft, anxious to touch down safely on the soil of your travel destination.
While many Americans may not remember it, this month marks the 20th anniversary of a devastating commercial jet crash. On May 11, 1996, an airline called ValuJet took off from Miami International Airport on a flight bound for Atlanta. Less than 20 minutes into the flight, the DC-9 burst violently into flames and crashed in the Florida Everglades.
Safety officials are still working to figure out what may have caused a fatal plane crash earlier this week on Long Island. According to the New York Times, a single-engine plane carrying three people crashed in a residential area in the hamlet of Syosset.