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Alaska commuter plane crash kills one, injures several

New York residents will be saddened to hear about a twin-engine Peninsula Airways flight that crashed just off the runway at Alaska's Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Airport, killing one passenger. This was the first passenger death on a U.S. commercial flight in over a year.

Alaska Airlines Flight 3296 was traveling from Anchorage to Unalaska Island with 39 passengers on board and three crew members. The passengers included a high school swim team and the chaperones, all of whom were unhurt. However, in addition to the death of a 38-year-old Washington native, one passenger was critically injured and 10 had to receive medical attention.

It appears that the plane met with high winds and was forced beyond its landing area. The plane came to a stop on a rocky embankment at a 30-degree angle, its nose touching the water.

Back in April 2018, a woman on a Southwest Airlines jet was partially sucked out of the window and died. This was the first fatality on a domestic flight in nine years. The plane crash in Alaska, which occurred on the night of Oct. 17 is another tragic addition to the list of such fatalities. The case is still under investigation.

Those who are involved in a private airplane accident may be able to file a claim if they find proof that the airline or crew members were responsible for the crash. They might want to discuss the case with a lawyer before moving forward; that way, they might get a good idea of how much they could recover in damages. Personal injury claims often reimburse victims for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other economic and non-economic damages. A lawyer may help in negotiating a settlement out of court and litigating if negotiations fail.

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