Just like car collisions, helicopter and airplane collisions also occur from time to time. Unfortunately, the likelihood of fatalities in such an airborne crash is extremely high. Recently, a helicopter and a small plane crashed not far from an airport in Maryland. Three individuals died and two required hospital treatment.
Airplane Was Trying to Land at Time of Crash
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane struck the helicopter as the airplane was making an approach to land at an airport in Frederick, Maryland. The helicopter was conducting a training exercise at the time. Tragically, three individuals who were riding in the helicopter at the time of the collision -- a 47-year-old, a 29-year-old and a 35-year-old -- were killed.
Two people in the airplane, a 55-year-old male pilot and a 75-year-old male passenger, were lucky to survive the incident with non-life-threatening injuries. Both required hospital care, but they were later released from the hospital.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting a detailed investigation into how this accident might have occurred. At this time, no information has been released about which pilot may or may not have been at fault. Nor has any information been released about whether a mechanical failure may have resulted in the accident.
Collision May Give Rise to Wrongful Death Claims
Family members of the victims will no doubt want answers. Those who lost loved ones in this crash may have valid wrongful death claims for financial restitution relating to the incident depending on who and/or what business entity is deemed liable for the accident. At this time, though, more information will be required before family members can make a decision to pursue such a wrongful death claim in court.
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