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Small plane crash deaths went up in 2018

New York readers might be concerned to learn that civil aviation deaths increased in 2018 according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Among the deaths was the first person to be killed on a commercial airliner in the United States in nine years.

The NTSB reports that there were 393 aviation deaths in 2018, which is 46 more than died in 2017. That means that there was an average of one aviation-related fatality per day last year. Almost all the deaths occurred in small, private aircraft. However, one of the deaths took place on a Southwest Airlines flight. On April 17, 2018, a woman was killed when an engine blew on the commercial airliner and shot shrapnel into the window next to her seat. The window broke, and she was partially sucked out of the plane. Other passengers managed to pull her back inside and start CPR, but she did not survive.

The increase in deaths means that the civil aviation fatality rate rose to 1 death per 100,000 hours of flight for the first time since 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration also reports that approximately three small planes crash per day across the U.S. According to the NTSB, the reason for the overall increase in deaths is unknown. However, the agency announced that it will hold a board meeting to discuss the causes of the Southwest accident in November.

Families who lose a loved one in a private plane accident might have grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the plane's manufacturer or other entities. A personal injury attorney may evaluate the case and determine if a defective part or design flaw contributed to the accident. If so, the family might be owed a settlement that covers funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering before death, mental anguish, loss of income, loss of companionship and more.

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