Small aircraft are used for all different sorts of commercial and personal purposes here in the United States. Sadly, mishaps sometimes occur, such as pilot errors or mechanical failures, that result in small planes crashing.
We are returning to our discussion of the Shoreham, England, airshow accident. The accident occurred when a vintage jet was attempting a loop-de-loop but failed to come out of the dive. The plane crashed into the A27 highway, killing 11 people. The pilot suffered serious injuries (the plane exploded into flames on impact), but he is, according to the Independent's story on Sept. 11, recovering.
There is always a risk involved with air races and airshows. Owners may modify the aircraft to increase their air speed or efficiency. Or, the pilots are performing crowd-pleasing stunts with vintage aircraft.
It is hard not to smile when you spot a plane flying high overhead, pulling an ad banner. For some of us, there may be a flicker of curiosity about how the process works, but we soon just watch in wonder. It's cool. Who cares if it's effective -- it's cool.
The July 4 crash landing of a Piper "Super Cub" trailing a banner on a Carlsbad, California, beach resulted in one injury, and the injured boy has made a full recovery. The pilot was able to land relatively safely after the plane's engine stopped, but the underlying cause of the accident is still unknown.
An accident in California calls attention to an often overlooked aviation risk: advertising banners. A 12-year-old was injured on the Fourth of July when a Piper PA-18 towing an advertising banner made an emergency landing on a busy beach. Authorities said the plane flipped over right before it crashed into the water not too far from the boy; the propeller or another part of the plane struck him in the head.
We are wrapping up our discussion of the June crash of a float plane in southeast Alaska. The plane was part of a flightseeing excursion from a Holland America cruise liner. According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, the plane took off in "marginal" weather conditions, but the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
Keeping an eye out for updates on the June 25 float plane crash we were discussing in our last post, we were saddened and a little puzzled to see that another sightseeing plane had gone down in Alaska. This time, a Cessna 207 carrying four tourists crashed near Juneau. The four passengers were injured, two seriously. The pilot died.
Liability is a tricky thing. In its purest form, liability is fault, the quality of being accountable or responsible for a wrong. Depending on which state you live in, liability can be joint, several, vicarious, strict, contingent or derivative -- an impressive list, but by no means comprehensive. A person can be liable, and an enterprise can be liable. A product is said to be liable, but it is actually the designer or the manufacturer, sometimes even the seller that takes responsibility for the product.
We are continuing our discussion of what happened to a family whose house was destroyed when a Navy airplane crashed in the neighborhood. The pilot had ejected, and no one on the ground was seriously hurt. However, several houses were destroyed, and the residents lost everything.