THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reported that an Arizonian family’s private plane crashed on August 2, 2010, at around 1:00 p.m.. The Crane family was on their way home to Scottsdale after visiting family in San Diego. The family’s Velocity XL-RG6, a single engine plane, had taken off from Montgomery Field when the pilot, George Crane, radioed that a door was open and he was turning back. Crane attempted to go to Kearney Mesa airport to make an emergency landing, but crashed at the Admiral Baker Golf Course.
Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident to determine the cause of the crash, and if the plane door, discovered a mile from the crash site, was a contributing factor. Investigators will also look at other factors such as, the doors hinges, latch mechanism and if the plane was carrying excess weight. Tom Little, an air and safety investigator for the NTSB, stated that they will examine the wreckage later this month to make determinations as to the cause of the crash, and whether the door may have hit the plane’s engine, and or propeller.
The tragic accident caused the death of Lori Crane and her 8-yeat-old son, Austin. George Crane and his two other children, 11-year-old Summer and 10-year-old Tia, are in critical condition at local hospitals. Our condolences go out to the Crane family and friends for their loss. We also wish a speedy recovery to the injured family members.
Applicable California Law
The Crane family will have potential wrongful death, and survivor actions against the manufacturer Velocity Inc. ( see my prior Blog posts for the applicable laws). These claims, as well as the personal injury claims of George and his daughters, will be based on products liability theories (see my prior Blog posts on products liability law). Other factors, such as comparative fault, must be considered. Was the door improperly secured before takeoff? Was the plane, which was built from a kit, properly constructed? Was the plane carrying too many passengers, or excess weight? All of these factors could affect the value of any potential claims.
The loss of life and catastrophic injury always changes the lives of the families who are touched by these tragedies. Defective products that cause plane crashes, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and result in wrongful death, serious spine injuries, or brain injuries, are devastating. Seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney can make the difference in obtaining justice for the injured and their families.