There’s nothing on this planet quite like the feeling of flight. The exhilaration of taking off into the sky is only matched by the beautiful view of the earth from above. Of course, like anything involving high speeds and mechanical parts, there are inherent risks to flying or riding in a plane. There are always chances of a defect in a manufactured part or an oversight in maintenance that can cause a midair emergency. And, while most people think of private planes as the most common crashes, commercial crashes happen as well.
A small Alaskan carrier was recently operating a flight to the tiny community of Hoonah from the capital of Juneau when it crashed, killing one person and injuring four others. One of the injured parties was able to make an emergency call to 911 to let responders know that there had been an accident. The plane went down over rough, treacherous terrain, but rescuers were able to reach the injured and get them treatment. One is now in critical condition and another is in serious condition.
The crash marks the second commercial flight to crash in Alaska in the last month. On June 25, another aircraft went down in the state, killing nine people.
Unlike car accidents, aviation accidents often leave little to no evidence, because much of it gets destroyed in the crash. However, an aviation attorney can piece together all the evidence that’s available to determine who is at fault. If negligence can be proven on the part of the manufacturer, the pilot, the maintenance crew or some other party, the victims may be able to get compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering and loss of wages.