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NTSB report on fatal air crash may not have all the details

If you would check to make sure your car tires are inflated before you start on a drive, you would take some safety precautions before you start the engine of a plane. But most people who fly to get places don't know or care much about the maintenance involved in maintaining a safely operating plane.

Although large jet airliners often have complicated and recorded maintenance procedures, record keeping and precautions may vary with smaller operators. A recent investigation into a fatal air crash shows that even federal reports on accidents may not tell the whole story in these incidents.

The crash in question happened when an aircraft was unable to stop when it touched down on a runway in South Carolina. A report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that the aircraft had been mothballed for four years and was not yet back in full service when the crash occurred. It also concluded that a vital piece of equipment on the landing gear had not been properly serviced since 2002.

But the report failed to include details on the pilot's qualifications. It may be argued that since the aircraft did not have the proper crew compliment for safe operations, the flight was part of an illegal charter operation.

Further investigation into the cause of a small plane crash may be necessary for the victims or the families of victims. An attorney can help arrange a deeper dive into the possible causes of a crash, especially if a claim for financial damages is at stake for you.

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