An airplane that took off from Beaumont ended its journey in a tragic accident. The airplane crash killed the pilot and the three passengers.
National Transportation Safety Board officials say that the pilot missed his initial approach to land at the Monroe, Louisiana, airport. As the pilot circled around for a second landing approach, the airplane disappeared from radar and from traffic communication. The airplane then dove almost straight down and crashed into the ground.
Officials say that the airplane was going over 200 mph before radar lost contact, and that the typical speed for a landing approach is around 130 mph. The high-speed impact caused an eight-foot crater and a debris field covering more than an acre. The NTSB official investigating the airplane accident has said that it is one of the worst he has seen.
While air travel is generally safe, accidents involving smaller planes occur more frequently than people realize. Unfortunately when an airplane accident does occur, the high speeds at which airplanes travel cause violent crashes that leave few survivors. Some family members may choose to seek compensation for the loss of their loved ones.
Seeking compensation after aviation accidents can be particularly complex. Often it can be difficult for those injured to determine who is at fault for the accident. Those at fault can include pilots, the workers who have performed maintenance on the airplane, the manufacturer of the airplane, the owner of the airplane and in certain circumstances even the federal government.
Monetary compensation cannot undo the pain of losing a loved one, but it can ensure that the loss will not financially devastate the family.
Source: The Republic, "NTSB: No Distress Call Before 230-mph Crash While Approaching 2nd Attempted Instrument Landing," Jan. 28, 2013