Our Los Angeles personal injury law blog often discusses aviation accidents that involve planes that have crashed due to pilot errors, manufacturing defects or maintenance and mechanical problems. But earlier this week, a fatal airplane crash occurred after two planes collided in the air in Southern California.
One of the planes involved in the accident did make a safe landing, the Associated Press reported. The other plane crashed on rocky terrain, killing the pilot. Investigators believe that the pilot was the only person onboard.
Both planes involved in the accident were Cessna 172RG aircrafts. A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration has stated that radar records were reviewed after the accident. After reviewing the records, it was discovered that the planes had indeed crossed flight paths. The plane accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday.
According to reports, the plane that had crashed had just taken off from the Santa Monica Airport. The pilot was allegedly testing the plane’s engine before the collision occurred. Investigators do not know why the planes had crossed flight paths, but the collision sent one plane crashing into the ground, and the pilot of the other plane was able to make an emergency landing at a nearby golf course. The plane struck a tree before landing on the ground, one witness reported.
Three people were aboard the aircraft that had made a safe landing. The passengers and pilot were injured, but only person was hospitalized after the accident. The plane that had crashed caught fire after the incident. The pilot of the plane died in the accident.
The fatal accident has prompted the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA to investigate the crash. Investigators will try to determine why the two planes collided mid-air as well as who may be at fault for causing the accident.
Source: ABC News, “Planes collide near LA, 1 crashes, 1 lands, 1 dead,” April 30, 2013