Single-engine plane accidents are, by the law of averages, more common than other types of plane crashes. If equipment malfunction leads to engine failure, there is no back-up engine to fly to safety.
Sadly, when a small plane crashes, pilots and passengers seldom survive. If the cause of the accident is determined to be equipment failure, the company responsible for manufacturing the faulty equipment is generally held responsible. If the pilot is determined to be at fault, his or her estate could be held liable to cover any damages.
Last month, a single-engine plane crashed in Joseph Canyon in South Corona, near the Cleveland National Forest. Both occupants, ages 18 and 19, were killed. Witnesses heard the engine rev and then saw the plane go down. The plane was completely destroyed in the accident and authorities had to use dental records to identify the victims. Further information was not immediately available, and the accident will presumably be further investigated by the National Transportation and Safety Board.
It is tragic to hear of the death of young people, and their families will likely seek answers. The cause of an airplane accident, while still unknown, could be due to a combination of factors. Investigators will attempt to determine whether the tragedy occurred as a result of faulty equipment, maintenance neglect or pilot error.
Those who are victimized due to the negligence of others may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate for any loss they may have suffered. In Los Angeles County, an attorney who is well acquainted with personal injury law as it pertains to aviation accidents may offer guidance to families searching for answers.
Source: SWRNN, “Coroner: Men killed in Corona plane crash identified,” Yazmin Alvarez, Aug. 2, 2011