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NTSB has preliminary information on small plane crash

Some people in New York might have heard about a plane crash in Louisiana that happened on December 28. Five people died in the crash of the Piper PA-31T, which took off from Lafayette Regional Airport and was on its way to Atlanta. One person survived the crash and is in critical condition. Three people on the ground were also injured. According to a National Transportation Safety Board official, the plane never sent a distress call.

The NTSB reports that the plane made a left descending turn after reaching an altitude of about 900 feet. There was no response to a low altitude alert sent by air traffic controllers when the plane reached 700 feet. Witnesses said it hit power lines after a sharp left turn. The crash occurred in a post office parking lot around four miles from the airport. According to one witness, it skidded across the parking lot and burst into flames.

The 51-year-old pilot did not survive the crash. The others killed included a 15-year-old boy, a 51-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. Two of the injured people on the ground were treated for smoke inhalation and were fine. A third got out of her burning vehicle after it flipped when the crash happened. She was hospitalized.

After a private airplane accident like this one, there may be litigation from injured survivors and families of people killed in the crash. An attorney may be able to assist a person in filing a lawsuit against the entities responsible for the crash. In some cases, this could be a product liability lawsuit if the fault was with the aircraft itself. In other cases, it could be against the pilot if the pilot's negligence caused the accident. Compensation might help people pay medical expenses and make up for lost income.

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