THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reported that a private plane crashed at around 1:00 p.m. on August 2, 2010 when the Crane family was on their way home to Scottsdale, Arizona after visiting family in San Diego. The Cranes single engine plane, a Velocity XL-RG6, took off from Montgomery Field when George Crane, the pilot, radioed that he was turning back because one of the plane’s doors was open. While attempted an emergency landing at Kearney Mesa airport the plain crashed at the Admiral Baker Golf Course. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are inspecting the scene of the accident to see if the plane door, discovered a mile from the crash site, was a contributing factor in causing the plane to crash. Federal Investigators will analyze other factors such as, excess weight, the doors’ hinges, and latch mechanism. Air and safety investigator Tom Little, of the NTSB, said that the investigation will examine the physical evidence from the wreckage to determine the cause of the crash, and whether the door might have hit the plane’s engine, and or the propeller. The fatal accident caused the death of Lori Crane and her 8-yeat-old son, Austin. George Crane is in critical condition at local hospitals along with his two other children, 11-year-old Summer, and 10-year-old Tia.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Crane family and friends, as well as a speedy recovery to the injured.
Applicable California Law
The surviving Crane family members will have potential wrongful death, and survivor actions against the manufacturer Velocity Inc. for the death of Lori and Austin (see my prior Blog posts for California Law on Wrongful Death and Survivor Actions). All claims, including personal injury claims of George and his daughters, will be based on products liability theories (see my prior Blog posts on California Products Liability Law). However, other factors, such as pilot error, whether the door was improperly secured before takeoff, and whether the plane, which was built from a kit, was properly constructed, are factors that could reduce the value of any claims if they contributed to causing the crash
The death of loved ones and serious injuries caused by an accident can change the lives of the families who are victims of these tragedies. Defective products that cause catastrophic injuries due to plane crashes, auto accidents, truck accidents, and result in wrongful death, serious spine injuries, or brain injuries, have life long consequences. Conferring with an experienced personal injury attorney can make the difference in obtaining justice for the injured and their families.