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Private Plane Crashes Plague San Jose During 2017

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private plane crashes, aviation accidents, plane crash, accident statistics, San Jose accident attorneyGeneral aviation involves flights that are not a part of the larger, commercial airline industry. The pilots and passengers in San Jose who favor private plans have suffered setbacks in 2017, in a series of plane accidents involving area residents. While commercial carrier planes are most likely to make headlines and to result in catastrophic injuries, these local incidents involving smaller planes in our area appear to mirror a national trend.

San Jose General Aviation Accidents

On November 19, 2017, Mercury News reported on a plane crash in San Jose that narrowly avoided becoming a major tragedy. The crash occurred when a privately owned single engine Cessna, which had just taken off from Reid-Hillview airport, crashed into a home on Evelyn Avenue.

All three passengers on board suffered serious injuries, but neither the homeowner nor the many neighbors out barbecuing in advance of the Raider’s game that afternoon were hurt. As a crowd gathered, watching the diesel fuel pour from the damaged plane, most were amazed—and grateful—that it had not caught fire or collided with the many power lines overhead.

This is just the latest in a series of private plane accidents impacting the San Jose area over the previous 10 months. Other accidents in which local pilots were involved include:

  • A February 2017 Riverside plane crash, in which the San Jose pilot and two of his family members were killed on the way home from a cheerleading event at Disney’s California Adventure. Witnesses report the plane was rocking back and forth and had stalled several times when taking off.

  • A June 2017 San Martin plane crash, in which a single engine plane owned by San Jose Skydiving crashed near Highway 101. The pilot, a local man who suffered relatively minor injuries, had just released the four skydivers on board. He claims that the engine quit on his approach to the airport.

  • A July 2017 plane crash at Reid-Hillview Airport, in which the pilot of a Piper PA-28 was injured after crashing on landing. The case is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, but it is suspected that a mechanical issue caused the plane’s nose wheel to collapse.

According to LiveScience, these accidents are part of a national trend. An estimated 400 people die in general aviation accidents each year, while thousands of others suffer serious injuries. This is in addition to those on the ground that often suffer severe and potentially deadly impacts when one of these flights goes down. While accident statistics show that commercial airline travel continues to get safer each year, the number of accidents involving private pilots is a concern that has yet to be addressed.

Let Us Help You Today

When any type of accident or mishap results in injuries for you or your loved ones, you can count on Jachimowicz Law Group to help. We provide experienced legal representation for accident victims, so they can get the compensation they need to recover. Contact our skilled San Jose accident attorneys to see how we can assist you today.

Sources:

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Plane-Crash-San-Martin-Airport-Highway-101-430606023.html

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/28/update-3-killed-2-women-survive-when-san-jose-bound-plane-crashes-in-riverside/

http://www.jachlawgroup.com/san-jose/catastrophic-injuries

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Small-Plane-Crash-San-Jose-Reid-Hillview-Airport-436174773.html

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