Single-Engine Plane Crash Investigation at Greenwood Lake Airport Carries On

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on February 16, 2011

According to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman, the exact cause of a single-engine plane accident at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, New Jersey is still under investigation. A NorthJersey.com article reports that the small plane’s pilot, a 49-year-old man, broke both of his legs, and, a 51-year-old passenger sustained injuries to his face. Both men were transported to Morristown Memorial hospital after the 1975 Cessna 182 crashed at approximately 10:10 a.m. on December 18, 2010.

It may take authorities months to determine what caused the plane to crash after it failed to take off from the public-use airport owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The airport consists of 150 acres and has one runway.

In saying that it is too soon to know the cause of the crash, the NTSB spokesman said that the agency may release a “preliminary report” evaluating some potential causes. A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that an update on the cause of the plane crash was not available and that the FAA is taking part in the investigation being led by the NTSB.

While the cause of this small plane crash has yet to be determined, aviation accidents involving commercial jetliners, ambulance helicopters, charter planes, government planes, private planes, and other aircraft may be caused by inadequate aircraft maintenance, defective plane equipment, air traffic controller mistakes, pilot error, and factors relating to weather.

Those fortunate enough to survive an aviation accident may suffer serious injury. If an investigation determines that some form of negligence, defective or poorly designed plane parts contributed to an accident, injured individuals or family members of those who are killed may seek compensation related to physical pain and suffering, lost income and loss of future services, guidance, counseling, advice, support and companionship. The New Jersey plane crash lawyers at Blume Forte have experience successfully handling aviation accident litigation. Call 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and evaluation of your potential claim.

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