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Small aircraft crash in Umstead State Park leaves 2 dead

New York residents should know that a small aircraft approaching Raleigh-Durham International Airport crashed near a creek in Umstead State Park on Oct. 27. The plane had disappeared on the radar that day at approximately 7:25 p.m., according to FAA air traffic control. This led to a search-and-rescue effort in the state park and the temporary closing of the airport runway.

The 5,200 acres of Umstead State Park are covered in dense forest, but a Highway Patrol helicopter sought for heat signatures as a way to find the airplane. At 10 a.m. on Oct. 29, crews found the downed plane. Two were killed in the crash but have not yet been identified. The reason for the crash is still unknown.

Over a dozen groups at the state and local level assisted in the search and rescue, including police and fire crews from Raleigh, park rangers, Wake County EMS and the Wake Forest Fire Department.

In cases where a private airplane accident ends in personal injury, the injured party may be able to file a claim and be reimbursed for economic and non-economic damages. These include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. However, filing the claim can be complicated, so victims may want to obtain legal representation.

If the plane was more than 18 years old, then the aircraft manufacturer could be immune from product liability claims. This means if the crash occurred from a design or manufacturing defect, victims cannot sue the manufacturer. Suing the pilot could prove difficult since they might not have liability insurance on the airplane. With a lawyer, however, a victim could get valuable legal guidance. They may leave all negotiations to their lawyer.

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