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Mother seeks to hold 8 companies accountable for fatal plane crash

Because multiple parties may be liable for a single airplane accident, attorneys who handle these cases for crash victims' families must thoroughly investigate the crash and prove to what extent each of the defendants was negligent.

Private planes tell no tales; NTSB, FAA must work harder for clues p4

We are finishing up our discussion of the plane crash that killed four Case Western Reserve University students. The news has been fairly quiet in the past week, following the flurry of stories about text messages and pictures and potential lawsuits.

Private planes tell no tales; NTSB, FAA must work harder for clues p3

Most plane accidents occur on takeoff or landing. In the case of the small plane crash we have been talking about -- the crash that killed all four Case Western Reserve University students aboard -- the pilot radioed the tower moments after takeoff that the plane was not gaining altitude. Chances are that the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators will rely in part on what they have learned from all those other accidents to figure out what caused this one.

Private planes tell no tales; NTSB, FAA must work harder for clues p2

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report about the Aug. 25, 2014, private plane crash we were discussing in our last post. The pilot and three passengers were all students at Case Western Reserve University; the flight was apparently a short sightseeing excursion. Shortly after takeoff, though, the 20-year-old pilot radioed the control tower that he was having trouble gaining altitude. The plane crashed, and the four occupants died, either on impact or in the fire that followed.

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