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Fatal Plane Crash in South Georgia Involved Unlicensed Pilot

November 06, 2015

Recently, an experimental aircraft crashed in south Georgia, killing all five people on board. Now, federal agencies investigating the crash have revealed that the pilot was not licensed to fly. The National Transportation Safety Board stated in a preliminary accident report that the extent of the pilot's experience is unknown because he did not have a pilot certificate or a pilot log book. The report stated that the RV-10 single engine plane crashed after an uncontrolled descent in Alma, about 100 miles southwest of Savannah. Investigators did not provide a reason for the crash, but did not find mechanical problems with the plane itself.

It is being reported that the pilot was issued a certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration to build and repair experimental aircrafts. He was also issued a medical certificate finding him physically fit to fly after completing 25 hours of time in the air. However, as noted, he never received a pilot's license or a student pilot certificate.

Small Plane Accident Claims

Small or private plane accidents are uncommon, but when they do occur the results can be devastating. Those who are injured or lose a loved one in a small plane crash should be eligible to seek compensation from the plane manufacturer or the pilot involved. However, this type of litigation is complex and fraught with limitations. Federal legislation provides immunity from product liability claims to the manufacturers of airplanes over 18 years old and many aircrafts in the air today exceed this age.

Insurance coverage can also be a problem. In many cases, pilots will carry minimal insurance on their planes, often in fact carrying more liability insurance on their personal vehicles than the plane or helicopter that crashed. Moreover, general aviation pilots could carry no insurance whatsoever.

Given these complexities, it is critical that the relatives of a loved one killed in an aviation accident or survivors of small plane crashes consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assist in crucial investigations following the crash and advocate on your behalf as federal agencies pass down critical findings. Your attorney can wade through the insurance complexities that so often follow in these cases and uncover your best source for a full recovery. Consult with a lawyer today to start on the road to recovery.

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