A single-engine Cessna 210 was reported missing on January 2, 2017 en route between Scottsdale, Arizona and Telluride, Colorado. The next day, searchers found debris of the plane north of the town of Payton in rugged country called the Mogollon Rim. Along with the debris, the search party found the bodies of the aircraft’s occupants, a prominent lawyer, his wife, and two daughters from a previous marriage. The four had been on a trip they always take around the holidays.
The exact cause of the tragic crash is pending an investigation. Generally a plane will go down because of pilot error, equipment failure, or weather.
In a case like this, litigation is usually not the first matter on anyone's mind. The loved ones of the four victims will likely face a lifetime of grief at such a sudden and tragic loss. It will be important to determine the cause of the crash in case it can help prevent any similar crashes in the future.
If equipment defects or other evidence of non-pilot negligence were a factor in the crash, family members (or the estates) of the victims may wish to pursue compensation.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or if a loved one has been killed as the result of a preventable aviation accident, please take the time you need to heal and to properly grieve. After that, you may wish to contact an experienced aviation accident attorney to better understand your rights and legal options.