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Questions arise over safety of vintage aircraft

For many aviation enthusiasts across New York and the nation, traveling in small, World War II-era planes and other aircraft is a dream come true, but a recent deadly Connecticut crash is calling into question the safety of these historic aircraft. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that safety protocols were far different back in the 1940s than they are today, and we also recognize that traveling in these historic aircraft can bring with it considerable risk.

According to Fox News, the four-engine, propeller-driven World War II-era bomber that crashed recently did so after experiencing mechanical trouble, and it ultimately crashed into a maintenance building, resulting in the deaths of seven people on board. This was not the first time the aircraft, constructed in 1945, had involvement in a plane crash, though, as the same aircraft was at the center of a 1987 crash near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that injured a number of people.

Because the exact cause of the recent crash involving theĀ vintage aircraft is still under review, legislators and safety advocates are raising concerns about whether such aircraft should still be flying. One Connecticut senator suggested that these planes should no longer fly until they undergo close review to determine what caused the crash and whether they are safe to fly moving forward.

Just how common are crashes involving World War II-era bombers? The National Transportation Safety Board asserts that it investigated 21 crashes involving these vintage aircraft since 1982, and that those 21 crashes, together, claimed 23 lives. You can find more about small plane crashes on our webpage.

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