A recent Bloomberg article highlighted a problem about which many people may not be aware—the fact that the U.S. military’s air fleet is widely old and probably needs replacement. Much of the problem surrounds certain helicopter, including the MH-53E Sea Dragon and the CH-53E helicopter units.
There are many logistical problems that can hinder or delay the investigation into a plane crash. Even though most aviation accidents in the U.S. are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, private companies may be involved in the recovery of wreckage from a crash site.
Recently, a man from Crown Point, New York died when his Piper PA28 crashed near an airfield near Middlebury, vermont. The pilot complained of an aircraft instrument-related malfunction soon after he took off from the Middlebury state airport, and several eyewitnesses noted that the plane was making “odd noises.” The man attempted to return to the airfield but instead struck some trees near the field.
We previously began looking at the topic of small plan accidents and the fact that defective parts may be a significant factor in many cases. This issue was highlighted in a series of articles a couple years ago which reported on the role small plane manufacturers often play in small plane accidents.
Earlier this week, a small plane pilot was killed in San Antonio Heights when his plane crashed near Mount Baldy. The plane reportedly took flight early in the morning on the day of the accident, and was reported missing about an hour later. The plane wreckage was discovered a little over two hours after takeoff near the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
It is not always easy to determine liability after a plane crash. Aviation can be complicated, and it is often difficult to explain the intricacies of a crash report to jurors in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
When small airplanes crash or make difficult emergency landings, those in the plane are not the only ones at risk. People on the ground may also be in danger, especially when planes go down in a residential area.
The aftermath of a plane crash is often a mess - both literally and figuratively. While large commercial airline crashes are likely to have the most casualties, accidents involving smaller planes can nonetheless result in death, injuries, destruction of property and difficult legal questions.
Safety officials are still working to figure out what may have caused a fatal plane crash earlier this week on Long Island. According to the New York Times, a single-engine plane carrying three people crashed in a residential area in the hamlet of Syosset.
The airplane crashes that we hear the most about are large multi-passenger crashes where many lives are lost. Although these types of crashes are very tragic and frightening to the general public, it’s important to remember that most airplane crashes involve small airplanes. The airplane may only have one or two people inside it and may be traveling within state lines or near the airport where it took off. Lots of lives are unfortunately lost in these airplane crashes. A few lucky individuals are able to live to talk about the crash they were involved in.