Because of their size, aviation accidents involving small planes often involve casualties. Sadly, this was an incident that took place in Florida last week. A 53-year-old pilot from Illinois was flying his daughter and her friend on a spring break trip when the plane hit power lines about eight miles from the airport. The pilot was killed in the small plane accident and the two girls were both hurt.
Unfortunately, the injuries suffered by the pilot's 15-year-old daughter were significant. She passed away a few days later at a Florida hospital. The girl's death was the second of a child in the family in recent years; another daughter of the pilot was killed in a snowmobile accident in 2009.
If there is a silver lining in all this, it's that the other passenger on board, the 15-year-old friend of the pilot's daughter, survived the crash. The girl was still in the hospital several days after the accident, but she was said to be in stable condition.
Federal and local officials had yet to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred at 4:00 in the morning. It is possible that, because of the time the accident occurred, that pilot error might be a contributing cause; reaction time for drivers and pilots is slower if they have had limited rest. However, it will take some time to determine the cause officially.
Surivivors of small plane accidents might seek compensation from parties that were at fault in the accident. An experienced aviation accidents attorney could provide assistance in this area.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Round Lake girl, 15, dies from injuries in Florida plane crash," Tina Sfondeles, March 26, 2014