On an open field on Maryland’s Eastern Shore on April 4, three people died when their small plane crashed during a thunderstorm. The victims were Gregory Doppke, a heating and cooling contractor and the plane’s pilot, his business partner Richard Lomas, and their friend Andrew Young. Lomas and Doppke ran ABM Air Conditioning &Heating. All three men had been riding in Doppke’s twin-engine Piper PA-30 and were headed from Westchester County Airport to Pinehurst, North Carolina where they were meeting friends for a golf outing. Their plane crashed close to the Choptank River, south of Trappe, Maryland.
The FAA says the investigation could take weeks.
There can be different causes for plane crashes, including pilot negligence or errors, faulty equipment, and improper maintenance. Plane crashes often result in fatalities.
Some other causes of an aviation accident:
• Unsafe weather conditions
• FAA regulation violations
• Problems in the structure or design of a plane
• Federal Air traffic controller negligence
• Negligence in the aircraft’s fueling
There may be more than one liable party deemed responsible for a plane crash, and survivors of a plane crash who have been injured should be sure to file a claim to make sure that they are financially compensated for their loss, pain, and suffering. Family members who have lost a loved one in a plane crash should also speak with a lawyer to see about filing a wrongful death claim.
There are many laws and regulations governing aviation accidents, which is why you should speak to a personal injury law firm who is experienced in handling plane accident cases.