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Small plane crash kills nine and injures others

New York residents may have been saddened to hear about nine members of a family dying in a plane crash as they were returning from a hunting trip. Authorities say that those killed include the pilot, children and other family members. In addition to the individuals who lost their life, three members of the family were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.

The plane was a Pilatus PC-12. It crashed just a few moments after takeoff. Despite inclement weather, law-enforcement agencies and other rescue personnel were able to assist in the rescue of the survivors.

The PC-12 model is a single engine turboprop plane. According to the manufacturer, the plane is designed for a maximum occupancy of the pilot and 10 other people. In determining the cause of the crash, investigators will look at the age of the plane, the condition of the plane, its history and other factors that may have played a role in the crash. It is thought that within two weeks of the crash, the preliminary investigation information will be released.

Air traffic safety in the United States has a good record. Based on statistics, many people see flying in the United States as safer than driving. Airline safety is dependent on all involved in the process, including mechanics, pilots and airline personnel, following procedures laid out by the FAA, the airline and other governmental agencies.

If during the course of the investigation it becomes clear that a small plane accident was the result of negligence on the part of the pilot or the company that owns a plane, those involved in the crash or their survivors may be able to seek compensation for injuries or loss of life. In these cases, the family of the victim may want to speak to a personal injury attorney.

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