A small private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico last week, tragically killing the pilot, the sole person on board. While in flight, the pilot became unresponsive to air traffic control. The plane soon began to fly erratically in circles before crashing into the Gulf of Mexico. Investigators are still searching to determine the cause of the accident.
Statistics reveal that private planes are far more dangerous than commercial airlines. Private planes undergo less government regulation than commercial airlines, which can lead to a lack of routine maintenance and mechanical failures. In addition, private plane pilots also undergo less training than commercial pilots. With less training, private pilots are often unable to handle emergency situations and to respond to sudden changes in the weather.
After a private plane crash, investigators will first determine the cause of the accident. Depending on the cause, tort liability may arise under legal theories of products liability or negligence. If you lost a loved one in a private plane crash, you should speak with an attorney who can assist you in holding all negligent actors legally responsible for your heartbreaking loss. For questions, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-23-2323 (local).