June 16, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Over the past week, there have been two more plane crashes that have occurred and made news. The first was on Saturday, when two individuals were killed and two others were injured after a plane crashed at Collegedale Municipal Airport in Tennessee. Yesterday, another plane crashed, this time in the woods in western Indiana, killing two people aboard the plane.
In the case of the Tennessee plane crash, the single engine crash occurred at roughly 12:30. At the time of the accident, two people were killed and two more were injured. They were both airlifted to a local hospital where they underwent surgery. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began their investigation of the Mooney M20E crash on Saturday night. They reported that the plane had taken off from Runway 12. On Sunday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also helped in the investigation with plans to release more information later that day.
Witnesses called the situation out of the ordinary and recounted that the plane had moved in a way that wasn’t normal. They also stated that the plane was flying low enough while in view, and then began going down towards the ground before a loud bang was heard, indicating the crash.
The plane that crashed in Indiana was a single engine Cessna 150, according to the NTSB. The Parke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the crash where the two occupants of the plane were pronounced dead. The NTSB reported that the plane took off from Butler Airfield just two miles south of Rockville, and then crashed in a wooded area. It wasn’t known what caused the crash, and the FAA was aiding in the investigation.
On June 10, we reported about a small plane crash near Hobby Airport in Houston that resulted in the death of three individuals. On June 12, we reported another accident from Hawthorne, California in which a small plane crashed into a townhouse. Two people died in this accident, bringing the total from the last week alone to nine people who have tragically passed as the result of a plane crash.
What is the cause of these accidents?
In some situations, the accident can be caused by a defective part on the airplane that either causes the engine to fail or causes problems that affects the planes ability to fly. It’s an unfortunate situation, but the best thing to be done right after the collision is to determine the exact cause. This makes it possible for the families of the deceased individuals to get some closure and hold the plane manufacturer accountable if they were negligent in the construction or design of the aircraft.
Understanding what can go wrong in a plane is important to making sure you are safe when traveling the sky. Because there are potential dangers involved — as seen by the recent crashes that have occurred — you must make sure you are taking the proper precautions to keep yourself and any passengers safe. Unfortunately, if there is something defective with the plane, there may not be much you can do.
The aviation accident attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. have represented numerous victims of small plane crashes. We know how to work towards finding the evidence necessary to determine cause and build a strong case strategy to determine fault in the matter.