Two deadly plane crashes in California in less than a week have brought the public’s attention to the dangers involved in aviation.
On March 16, five people were killed when a twin-engine plane crashed and burst into flames at California’s Long Beach Airport. Six people were on board the plane at the time of the crash, and one survivor was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The accident occurred as the plane was taking off, headed to Salt Lake City. The FAA and the NTSB will investigate the cause of the accident.
Another plane crash occurred on March 20 near Barstow. Three people were killed, a mother and two children. The mother was piloting the plane at the time of the crash. The plane had mechanical problems shortly after taking off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The plane was headed to Las Vegas. The accident occurred in rugged terrain and four wheel drive vehicles were used to reach the crash site.
Common carriers, which include taxis, buses, airlines, and other forms of transportation, have a heightened duty to safely transport their passengers. Although large commercial airline crashes are uncommon, small airplane crashes are much more common than many people realize. When such accidents do occur, they typically result in very serious injuries or death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an airplane accident, you have legal rights. You may be able to recover against the airline for medical expenses, pain and suffering, or wrongful death if a loved one was killed. Contact Orange County aviation accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 to learn more about what rights you have as an airplane accident victim. Call today for a free consultation.