Early reports from the August 9 plane crash on Lawrence Hayden Road in Hollywood, Maryland, say that the Piper PA-22-160 immediately began experiencing mechanical difficulties shortly after takeoff. The single engine fixed wing aircraft was unable to go back and land at the airport, and the pilot had to emergency land the plane in an open field.
Pilot Gerald Nance, his son Gerald Nance, Jr., and his mother Agnes Nance were able to get out of the plane before it became enveloped in flames. Mrs. Nance was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she later died from her injuries.
The plane did not hit any buildings or homes as it was landing.
Aviation accident law oversees plane crash accidents involving large air carriers and airlines, helicopters, small planes, private jets, corporate planes, charter flights, and pleasure aircrafts.
Some common causes of plane crashes include:
• Faulty equipment
• Mechanical failures
• Pilot error
• Negligence by a third party, whether the person who chose a particular carrier or any organization or person connected to the running, maintenance, design, or manufacture of the plane
• FAA violations
• Negligence by the air traffic controller
Plane crashes often result in fatalities, and the people who do survive a plane crash—often with serious injuries—are very fortunate.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a plane crash that was caused because another party was negligent or because of a product defect, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one in a plane crash.
The airline company, the pilot, the manufacturer of the plane, maintenance operators, plane designers, and the U.S. government are just some of the parties that could be held liable—depending on the cause and circumstances surrounding a plane crash.
A good personal injury attorney will understand the different standards, rules, and laws involving airplanes and the different kinds of personal injury claims that can be brought. He or she can sort through the evidence and determine who can be held liable for your injuries and accident.
Two Hurt and One Killed in Plane Crash, Firehouse.com, August 16, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Plane Accidents Overview, Justia
Aviation Safety Network
Recent Accidents, Planecrashinfo.com