According to an article posted on CourierPostOnline.com, a small two-engine plane crashed at Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey when it attempted to land. The plane bounced along the runway repeatedly before stopping in a grassy area. The pilot and the passenger, the only two occupants of the plane, were flown by separate helicopters to two different hospitals; Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The pilot died the next day after succumbing to serious head injuries, according to an article posted on DelawareOnline.com.
According to a 6abc.com report, as cited in the DelawareOnline.com article, the airplane’s owner was receiving a flying lesson at the time of the crash. The entire airport was closed for approximately one hour after the incident, while the runway and Taxiway C remained closed throughout the evening.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was notified of the incident. An investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing, however, as the accident occurred during landing, it is possible that a malfunction or defect in the landing controls or landing gear led to the fatal aviation accident. Such a malfunction could be the result of a defect due to manufacturer negligence, or perhaps negligent maintenance of the aircraft. In either of these cases, the injured passenger and/or the family of the deceased pilot may be entitled to pursue claims surrounding the injuries and death respectively.
At Blume Forte, our experienced aviation accident lawyers in New Jersey can analyze the circumstances of your accident and inform you of your legal rights and potential options. Call us for a no-cost consultation to learn more at (973) 973-5400.