You probably heard about the plane crash at the LaGuardia Airport earlier this month. Delta Airlines Flight 1086 skidded while landing and crashed through fence right next to Flushing Bay in New York.
The plane accident left some passengers with minor injuries and has lead to serious questions regarding the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and will review several factors, including the runway conditions at the time, the safety of the aircraft and breaking and the pilot's actions.
The weather conditions at the time the plane landed may have contributed to the accident since it was snowing and the runway was icy. However, New York Senator Charles Schumer said that the wintry conditions "most likely" did not play a role in the crash since two planes safely landed on the runway right before the accident.
If the weather conditions did not cause the accident, it could mean that the plane's breaks malfunctioned or the pilot did not safely land the plane. Both of these reasons could lead to potential legal action by the passengers on the plane.
Lawsuits filed after plane accidents rely heavily on investigations by the NTSB and other groups. An NTSB conclusion that pilot error or defective brakes caused the accident could significantly impact the type of legal action victims could take against the airline company or pilot.
Source: New York Daily News, "Brake failure, three other possible causes being investigated in Delta Flight 1086 crash at LaGuardia Airport," Erin Durkin, March 9, 2015