The pilot and his wife were seriously injured when the single-engine aircraft they were in crashed on takeoff from Capitol Airport in Brookfield, Wisconsin on January 4, 2017. Remarkably, their baby, who was in an infant seat, survived unscathed. The aircraft ran off the runway and crashed into a parked SUV with a trailer attached. No one was in the SUV.
The couple, who were conscious when the first responders arrived, were air-lifted to a nearby hospital. The baby went to a separate children’s hospital. The family resides in Virginia and was headed home after visiting relatives in Wisconsin.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by the NTSB and the FAA. However, a number of causes exist for a plane that crashes attempting to take off. These include pilot error, the plane being over its weight capacity or an engine failure that causes a loss of power at the critical moment of takeoff.
Equipment failure would point to either poor maintenance or a faulty part. If the pilot kept his aircraft maintained properly, then either the shop where the work was done or the manufacturer of the faulty part could be liable.
The main priority after any accident like this is to ensure that victims recover, both physically and emotionally. Once that important work has been done, it will be necessary to determine just what caused the crash.
If you have questions or concerns in the wake of a plane crash, please contact an experienced aviation accident attorney.