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80-year-old pilot walks away from plane crash

There’s an old adage that applies to airplane crashes, “any landing you can walk away from is a good one.” That popular saying was certainly on display when an 80-year-old pilot attempted to land a Cessna single engine plane at an airport in Connecticut last month.

The pilot was on approach to Robertson Airport when it veered to the left, clipped a large tree and fell violently onto its side. According to a report, the crash occurred largely to an aborted landing. It is unclear as to what caused the pilot to abandon the initial approach, but the situation exemplifies the importance of thorough investigations. 

In these situations it is critical to learn the true cause of the accident so that legal remedies may properly be assessed. For instance, if the aborted landing was caused by a mechanical failure, the question arises as to whether the company leasing the plane would be liable, or possibly the manufacturer. If the pilot was at fault, perhaps there may be questions about whether he was properly trained.

Fortunately for the pilot, he walked away with only minor injuries. Further, it appears that the crash caused little property damage. Surveillance video shows a car entering the parking lot at the time of the crash, but it was not involved. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be investigating further.

If you have questions about your rights and legal options after a plane crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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