Although some pilots have had years of training and experience, pilot errors, aircraft defects and malfunctions can lead to catastrophic accidents. When something unexpected happens, it is often up to the pilot to use his or her knowledge to minimize the disastrous effects of the incident. There are some cases, however, that are unavoidable and could injure or kill innocent people.
This is what happened when a pilot flying an Agusta A109E helicopter managed a crash-landing on top of a 51-story building. The pilot had dropped off his passenger a few moments earlier, and had resumed flight when he hit the top of the building. Firemen put out the resulting fire on the top of the building. While the exact cause of the accident was unknown, it was a foggy and rainy evening which could have affected the pilot's vision. Furthermore, the pilot had mentioned engine trouble or mechanical failure to others prior to crashing. The workers inside the building were evacuated and no one else was hurt in the accident.
Small aircraft accidents can happen as a result of pilot negligence, aircraft malfunction, design defects or product defects. Those who are involved in the accidents may wish to consult with an attorney regarding their legal rights and options. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages from work.
Source: CNBC, "One dead after helicopter crash-lands on roof of midtown Manhattan building," Kevin Breuninger, Jun. 10, 2019.