Breaking News: Plane Crash – IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (June 30, 2017)
A small plane crashed onto the 405 Freeway near the John Wayne Airport on Friday morning, a Cessna 310 twin engine plane crashed onto the southbound side of the 405 Freeway near MacArthur Boulevard. The plane crashed just short of the runway for the John Wayne Airport, and quickly became fully engulfed. Firefighters from John Wayne Airport responded to assist in putting out the fire. A blue Toyota Tacoma may also have either been struck by the plane or hit wreckage on the freeway and was disabled at the scene.
Two people on board the plane identified only as being in their 60s, sustained major injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital after the accident in unknown condition. Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz said that both patients “had vitals” when they were rushed to the hospital. The plane was a 1975 fixed wing Cessna 310R registered to a company in Santa Ana called Twin Props.
“The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will do a detailed investigation to determine cause of this crash. I estimate a percentage of pilot error. There may be also air controller error as well. The radar sweeps and voice transmissions should be obtained immediately. Mechanical failure may have played a part.””
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According to the National Transportation Safety Board, commercial flights are approximately 60 percent less dangerous compared to driving motor vehicles when measured on a “per mile traveled” basis. Unfortunately, aviation accidents still do occur despite strict aviation standards and protocols governing design, maintenance, inspection, and pilot training.
Plane crashes tend to involve more people compared to the average motor vehicle accident, thus resulting in a greater number of severe to fatal injuries. Victims who survive such accidents often suffer catastrophic physical and emotional injuries such as brain damage, burns, amputations, broken limbs, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Unfortunately, a great number of plane crashes and other aviation accidents are more likely to involve fatalities.
Common causes of aviation accidents across the country include pilot error, mechanical failure, faulty equipment, structural or design problems, fueling problems, runway defects, FAA violations, negligent air traffic controllers, employee negligence, and poor weather conditions.
Establishing Liability in a Plane Crash
Establishing liability in aviation accidents is far more complicated than it may appear after an initial inspection of the facts presented, as numerous airline personnel, commanding agencies, and even passengers may be charged with either partial or full responsibility for these incidents. Air-traffic controllers, maintenance crews, and part manufacturers may also be involved in one way or another. It is no wonder that determining the cause may take months or even years.
Aviation accident claims can be extremely complex in nature, and require an attorney with an extensive understanding of federal regulations and operating procedures. That’s since applicable laws often vary depending on the location of the accident and the type of aircraft involved. Of course, an aviation accident attorney must not only have a deep knowledge of potentially applicable laws, but must also be able to effectively analyze and apply them to a particular case.
Among the recoverable damages in a plane accident claim include past and future medical expenses, lost earning capacity and lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and punitive damages.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a plane, jet, or helicopter accident, you may have grounds for an aviation injury or wrongful death claim. At West Alliance Injury Lawyers, we represent aviation accident victims and their loved ones throughout California and the United States – regardless of the type of aircraft involved.
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