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Small plane crash leaves three dead

New York residents may have heard that around 4:30 p.m. on March 3, a Piper PA-46 crashed in a wooded area west of Watkinsville, Georgia, around 16 miles southwest of Athens. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office said in a news conference later that night that three people were killed in the crash.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane had departed the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina and was heading to Tuscaloosa National Airport in Alabama when air traffic controllers lost contact with it over Oconee County.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office stated that the plane crash caused secondary explosions but that these did not lead to injuries or property damage outside of the plane. After the FAA investigates the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board will likely determine what the cause of it was.

It's possible for a private airplane accident to form the basis for a personal injury claim, but there are various hurdles that victims should be aware of. For example, if a crash occurred because of a defective component in the plane, victims may file a premises liability claim but only if the aircraft is not more than 18 years old. This is a law put into place by the General Aviation Revitalization Act. Most aircraft are, indeed, over 18 years old.

Another thing to remember is that most pilots of small aircraft do not carry liability insurance. To see how they might be compensated for their injuries, victims may have a lawyer evaluate their case. With legal assistance, they may be able to file a claim and strive for a settlement with the other side that covers losses like medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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