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Military Plane Crash Case Lands in Eleventh Circuit in Georgia

October 28, 2020

GEORGIA- A lawsuit spawning from a fatal plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico is making its way to the Eleventh Circuit in Georgia.

The incident occurred when a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel was killed in a crash while piloting an F-16 fighter plane. The Airforce argued that the crash occurred because the pilot performed several flight maneuvers and became disoriented, causing him to misjudge his position. The victim's widow claims that the crash was the result of a damaged and poorly maintained plane. 

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the government contractor who maintained the aircraft failed to properly care for the plane and that the hydraulic system malfunctioned, leading to the tragic crash. Some reports suggest that the problems were present in the plane before the incident.

Military training accidents have become a problem in the United States. Data indicates that training incidents are more likely to kill American soldiers than in active combat. In fact, the comparison is not even close. The military defends against fatal training incidents. Some argue that soldiers have to train in difficult conditions to be ready for real-world scenarios. Sadly, many fatal training incidents involve soldiers dying.

There is some evidence that drivers are not receiving adequate training to operate military vehicles. Military aviation fatalities have been on the rise over the last several years. In fact, within five years, these deaths rose by 40 percent. The high number of military training accident fatalities has led to families of victims pushing for investigations and improvements in military policies and regulations. 

Inexperience is one of the main problems for Air Force training issues as well. Some have stated that new pilots are being able to work their way up in the ranks without acquiring the necessary skills to safely operate military aircraft. According to the, in 2019, the number of fatal aircraft accidents in the United States Air Force was on the rise. 

If negligence may have played a role in the personal injury or accidental death of a service member, depending on the specific facts of the incident, a civil lawsuit may be brought against the federal government to recover monetary damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).  

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