A recent small-engine plane crash in Williams, Arizona took the lives of three people, according to AZCentral news. The plane, a Piper Fixed Wing single-engine plane, crashed shortly after takeoff on October 17, 2023.
Witnesses told police that the plane fueled up at H.A. Clark Memorial Airport and took off before it seemed to lose most, if not all, of its power. The plane turned north back toward the airport when it crashed into the field.
Investigators found two people dead inside the aircraft and another body outside the plane. Authorities have not identified them as the next of kin have yet to be notified.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.
Your legal advocates after a Phoenix plane crash
At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our aviation accident attorneys understand the legal complexities involved in plane crash cases. In fact, we have secured a $10 Million verdict for a plane crash involving serious injuries to passengers of a small airplane on a sightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Whether you’ve been personally affected by an aircraft accident or represent a family seeking justice, our dedicated aviation accident attorneys are here to provide the legal expertise, support, and guidance you need.
How our Phoenix attorneys can help
We conduct thorough investigations to determine the cause of the accident, including pilot error, mechanical failure, maintenance issues, or other factors. This investigation is critical for building a strong case.
Our attorneys assess liability, identifying responsible parties, which can include airlines, manufacturers, maintenance crews, or other parties.
We will work diligently to secure fair compensation for our clients through negotiation, but we are also prepared to take your case to court if necessary. We understand the emotional toll that aviation accidents can take on families. We provide compassionate support and guide you through every step of the legal process.
Types of aviation accidents we handle
We handle a variety of aviation accidents from our Phoenix office, including:
- Commercial Airline Crashes
- Private Plane Accidents
- Helicopter Accidents
- Corporate Jet Accidents
- Hot Air Balloon Accidents
- General Aviation Accidents
What types of injuries occur in aviation accidents?
Aviation accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor to severe. Some of the most common types of injuries in aviation accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. Head injuries are very common in aviation accidents, as the head is often the first part of the body to come into contact with the ground or other objects in the event of a crash. Head injuries can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can also be common in aviation accidents, as the spine can be crushed or damaged by the force of the impact. Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and other serious problems.
- Traumatic amputation. Some accidents can be catastrophic enough that a person loses a limb. These injuries can require surgeries and have life-altering consequences.
- Burns. Burns are also common in aviation accidents, as the fuel and other materials on the aircraft can ignite. Burns can be very serious and can require extensive medical treatment.
- Broken bones. Broken bones are also common in aviation accidents, as the body can be thrown around and subjected to extreme forces. Broken bones can range from minor fractures to severe breaks that require surgery.
- Internal injuries. Internal injuries can also occur in aviation accidents, as the organs can be damaged by the force of the impact. Internal injuries can be very serious and can be life-threatening.
In addition to physical injuries, aviation accidents can also lead to emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a common mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event, such as an aviation accident. PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, nightmares, and flashbacks.
Who is liable for my Phoenix aviation accident?
Determining liability in an aviation accident in Phoenix or anywhere else can be a complex process, as it depends on various factors, including the circumstances of the accident, the parties involved, and applicable laws. Liability may fall on one or more of the following parties:
- Pilot. If the aviation accident resulted from pilot error, such as misjudgment, inadequate training, or negligence, the pilot may be held liable.
- Aircraft owner. The owner of the aircraft, whether it’s a private individual or a company, may be liable if they failed to properly maintain or service the aircraft or if they knowingly allowed an unsafe aircraft to be used.
- Aircraft manufacturer. If the accident was caused by a mechanical failure or design defect in the aircraft, the manufacturer may be held liable.
- Maintenance crew. If inadequate maintenance or repair work contributed to the accident, the maintenance crew or the company responsible for maintenance may be liable.
- Air traffic control (ATC). If the accident resulted from errors or miscommunications with air traffic control, liability may fall on the responsible air traffic controller or the ATC agency.
- Other negligent parties. There may be other entities or individuals involved in the aviation operation, such as charter companies, air carriers, or even third parties, whose negligence could contribute to the accident.
- Airlines. If the accident involved a commercial airline, the airline may be liable for accidents caused by its employees or operational failures.
- Government entities. In some cases, liability may rest with government agencies responsible for air traffic control, air safety regulations, or maintaining airports.
- Aircraft parts manufacturers. If the accident was caused by a specific part or component failure, the manufacturer of that part may be held liable.
Liability in aviation accidents can be influenced by various factors, including the specific circumstances of the accident, applicable federal and state laws, and the outcome of investigations. To determine liability, it’s important to conduct a thorough investigation, often involving aviation experts and legal professionals who specialize in aviation accident cases. If you or a loved one has been affected by an aviation accident in Phoenix, consult with our experienced aviation accident attorneys, who can help assess the case, identify responsible parties, and guide you through the legal process to seek compensation for injuries and damages.
Why choose Plattner Verderame, P.C. for my aviation accident case?
Our team of seasoned aviation accident attorneys has a deep understanding of the aviation industry, regulations, and the intricacies of aircraft accident investigations.
We have a history of successfully representing clients in a wide range of aviation accident cases, from commercial airline crashes to private plane accidents.
Aviation law is a highly specialized field. We are well-versed in the complexities of international and domestic aviation regulations, liability issues, and the unique challenges posed by air travel.
We provide a comprehensive approach to aviation accident cases, collaborating with accident investigators, aviation experts, and medical professionals to build the strongest possible case.
Our hearts go out to the families of the victims in the Williams plane crash. We hope the investigation wraps quickly, allowing the families closure.
If you or your loved ones have been affected by an aviation accident, you don’t have to face these complex legal challenges alone. Our experienced Phoenix aviation accident attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process, fight for your rights, and ensure that you secure the justice and compensation you deserve. Talk to the plane crash attorneys at Plattner Verderame, P.C. today by calling our office or filling out our contact form.
Partner Frank Verderame is a seasoned trial attorney, who has dedicated his life to helping victims of serious injuries. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, and has been an active part of legal communities and organizations since he started his practice, back in 1983.
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