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Kansas Family Tragically Dies From Small Plane Crash in Florida Swamps

The convenience of small, privately owned planes today has allowed families who can afford it to fly themselves to their favorite vacation spots and business meetings . But when all family members are together in one small plane, any crash is likely to end each family member's life. In June of 2012, after vacationing in the Bahamas, a family of six died on their way back home to Kansas when they were flying through Florida and their small plane crashed. This family suffered the worse tragedy possible - all six of them lost their lives.

This crash has raised questions about how families should travel. Some families intentionally travel separately in the event that a crash occurs, so that at least some family members may survive. The risk of an aircraft disaster is not as high in the commercial setting as it is in a small private plane, so planning for potential heartbreak may depend on what type of aircraft family members are flying. However, our /aircraft-disasters.html know the risk of being involved in an accident is higher in an automobile than any aircraft, so it is difficult to plan your family vacation around the risk of a tragic accident.

What Caused The Small Plane Crash In The Florida Swamps?

Most of the time, human error is the cause of a small plane crash, but not always. There are many factors to consider and it could take years for authorities and investigators to determine the cause of any particular crash. The crash that left the family of six in the Florida swamps is still being investigated. There has only been a preliminary report by the National Travel and Safety Board (NTSB) that the small plane lost altitude quickly after the father, who was piloting the plane, tried to avoid bad weather. Perhaps the small size of the plane couldn't withstand the high winds from the storm, or perhaps there was a mechanical malfunction - we simply do not know. Only time will tell what the ultimate cause of the small plane crash was.

Because the cause of the crash is so difficult to determine, it is hard to place blame on any one party, especially when all parties involved comprise of one family. Further, if it is found that a mechanical defect was the cause of the crash, then the family may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the plane or against the manufacturer of the defective component of the plane. Our firm has successfully handled a number of private plane crash cases. One that stands out involved a Cardinal 172 that crashed into Long Island Sound, killing all three human passengers. Two dogs survived. After an exhaustive investigation, we were ale to conclude tha the plane crashed due to a defect in the pilot seat's locking pin mechanism. Simply put, we were able to show how the single locking pin can disengage from the seat track when the plane is ascending causing the seat to slide backwards creating a banking to the left and an engine stall.

Is There A Way To Prevent Tragic Small Plane Crashes?

There are no guarantees in life that protect against tragic accidents, whether they be automobile accidents, bicycle accidents or plane crashes, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk. First, if you are a hobby pilot and plan to fly with your family to your vacation destination, consider hiring a pilot who has more experience with flying small planes. Second, consider an alternative form of transportation. Flying small planes may be adventurous with your family, but if you know you will be flying in areas where the weather can be unpredictable, it is much safer to fly on a commercial aircraft. Third, if you are an experienced pilot and confident about flying with your family, ensure that your plane is completely safe. Have the plane inspected and protect against possible defects that may be discoverable prior to taking off. Always, study weather forecasts for your intended route. If weather is at all threatening, avoid it, delay your flight, set down in a nearby safe airport an wait the storm out.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a tragic plane crash, you should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in aircraft disasters. Aircraft cases can be very tricky and it takes the skill of an attorney who knows what to look for in order to establish liability.

Contact Our South Florida Aircraft Disaster Attorneys Today To Schedule Your Free Consultation

The Miami Aircraft Disaster Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have over 100 years of combined experience in successfully recovering compensation for their clients who have suffered personal injuries and the loss of loved ones. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys have been named "Superlawyers," a title that renders them some of the best lawyers in America. Our Miami Aircraft Disaster Lawyers have earned a rating of "AV" by Martindale Hubbell and have been voted "South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers" by the Miami Herald. They have also been invited to be members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Call Greenberg Stone and Urbano today to schedule your free consultation. One of our dedicated aircraft disaster lawyers will investigate and evaluate your potential personal injury claim. You may contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400.

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