Two Nevada pilots and their families are thanking their good graces for being able to walk away from a Nevada airplane accident that sent their small plane flipping end-over-end on Wednesday morning. Investigations are continuing to assess the circumstances of an accident that could easily have been a tragedy for air enthusiasts throughout Nevada.
According to initial reports, a student pilot and that person’s instructor were flying in northern Nevada on one of several practice flights required to build the student’s experience level up to at least 20 hours of airtime. The plane was attempting to make an unplanned landing at a state park but the landing caused the plane to flip end-over-end and come to a stop on its roof. The two passengers extracted themselves from the single-propeller aircraft and rested at a nearby campsite until emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Paramedics administered basic first aid to treat the pilots’ Nevada personal injuries.
The student pilot can take some comfort in the botched landing — the plane’s downward trajectory was apparently unplanned and the terrain on which the plane attempted to land was far from the uncluttered tarmac of a designated airfield. Even more, the passengers should be grateful that they suffered only minor injuries and were not killed. Many plane crashes in our state happen under mysterious circumstances and kill experienced pilots, raising the possible need for a Nevada wrongful death attorney.
In this case, human error is likely to be identified as the cause of the Nevada airplane crash. Flying is an extremely technical undertaking and even a small error left uncorrected can result in a near tragedy like this one. When human error is not suspected, investigations of this type focus on possible mechanical problems which can variously be attributed to insufficient maintenance or faulty parts. In the latter case, the victim of any such crash or the victim’s family is likely to consider legal action under Nevada defective product liability law. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident in Nevada, contact our Las Vegas accident and injury lawyers today.