Airplane Crash2A small airplane pilot died yesterday in a tragic Virginia aircraft accident. The 33-year-old pilot was pronounced dead at the crash scene, which was approximately 45 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

According to a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, witnesses reported that the Titan Tornado II aircraft looked like its engine was failing just before it fell to the ground. The plane went down at approximately 12:30 p.m. in a remote area.

Crash Happened in Remote Area

In spite of the remote location of the crash, emergency responders were able to quickly locate the downed plane based on eyewitness accounts. Officers and emergency responders from the County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad made their way to the crash site in four-wheel drive vehicles. As is customary in any kind of aviation accident, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also reported to the accident scene to review the crash evidence. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was also informed.

At this time no news of how the accident may have occurred -- aside from witness accounts of suspected engine failure -- has been released by authorities and the crash investigation will continue.

Who Is Liable for a Small Plane Crash?

Flying a small aircraft is known to be a dangerous activity; however, aviation crashes often occur due to a wide variety of reasons aside from pilot error. In some cases, an aircraft mechanic is to blame for his or her negligence with regard to the safekeeping of an airplane. Also, if the airplane is owned by a company that rented it to the pilot, the company may be liable for any mechanical issues found in the aircraft. Airports and other airplane pilots may also be held liable for damages in situations where air traffic control operators failed in their duties, or if an in-air collision occurred.

When another party is liable for an aircraft accident, injured individuals and family members of those who are killed may want to investigate the nature of the crash and whether or not a viable claim for damages could be made.