The Hudson River is no stranger to plane crashes. Four years ago this month, US Airways Flight 1549 famously ditched into the river near New York City's 48th Street, famously captained by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. All 155 people on board survived, and the image of the plane half-submerged in the river was an indelible one for anyone involved in the aviation industry.
A Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage turbo-prop aircraft, FAA registration N5339V, crashed shortly after takeoff near Paris, Texas, on January 12, 2013, at about 8:53 am local time.
As the four-year anniversary of a commercial aviation accident near Buffalo, New York, approaches, several wrongful death lawsuits are still working their way through federal court in regard to the crash, which took place in wintry weather. Continental Flight 3407 crashed in February 2009, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground.
When a relatively new aircraft hits the market, it undergoes a battery of tests and simulations to make sure it is safe to fly. However, despite that, it sometimes happens that defective products are installed or the plane is otherwise not performing up to expectations. That has happened with alarming frequency in recent weeks with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.
Information can be hard to come by for people in the United States when they find out that a loved one has been involved in an international plane crash. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera's Learjet went down in Mexico last month, killing seven people, setting off a scramble to determine what went wrong.
Accidents involving small planes happen all of the time in the United States. Just yesterday, a small plane went down on the northeast coast of Florida. The Beechcraft Bonanza BE35 was en route from Daytona Beach to Knoxville, Tennessee, when the pilot reported a mechanical problem, federal authorities said.