Small planes, although convenient, can be very dangerous. Both mechanical problems and operator errors are common causes of fatal small plane accidents.
Today the Boston Globe reported that a small plane carrying two people crashed in Provincetown, Massachusetts last night around 11:30 p.m., but a cause has yet to be identified.
Reportedly, the plane went down into the woods about 200 yards south of the runway at the west end of the Municipal Airport in Provincetown, just moments after taking off.
An adult male was piloting the plane and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An adult female passenger was airlifted to a hospital in Boston with serious injuries. However, the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, the Boston Globe reported.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot who was in the area witnessed the plane crash and immediately landed his helicopter in the area to assist with the rescue effort. No details have been as to the cause of the accident or the identities of the people involved.
A lengthy investigation will likely take place by the Federal Aviation Administration to determine if a mechanical malfunction or operator error was responsible for the crash. If the problem was mechanical in nature, or was the result of a defective product, it is possible that a wrongful death lawsuit could follow.
Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to financially compensate the family of a person killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another. Although a damage award will never fill the void created by losing a loved one, it can provide the family with financial stability during this difficult time.
Source: Boston Globe, “1 dead, 1 hurt in Provincetown plane crash,” Sept. 1, 2011.