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Small plane crash kills three

New York residents should know that small airplane crashes lead to around 500 fatalities every year. One such crash occurred in San Antonio on the evening of Dec. 1 and killed all three people inside.

The single-engine plane, a Piper PA-24 Comanche, had departed Sugar Land and was headed for Boerne when engine trouble forced the pilot to divert its course to San Antonio International Airport. The plane crashed in a residential area just a mile from the airport.

The three occupants, two men and one woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. Apparently, one of them had been ejected from the plane. The victims' ages have not been determined.

Before the crash, emergency personnel had gathered at the airport, and they dispatched 26 fire units when news of the crash came. Officials checked for any debris from the plane within a 20-mile radius of the crash site and found nothing. Fortunately, no residential property was damaged, and no bystanders were injured.

The city's fire department will be coordinating an investigation with the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and various state and local agencies. These agencies also assisted with the removal of the aircraft.

If someone was injured in a small plane accident like this, then there may be good grounds for a claim. However, there will be unique challenges to address. For example, if a faulty component led to the crash, one would think that the aircraft manufacturer can be held liable, but this will not be possible if the aircraft was more than 18 years old.

Another problem is that general aviation pilots carry little to no liability insurance. For these and other reasons, victims might consider hiring an attorney. An attorney may help negotiate for the maximum possible settlement.

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