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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Decatur County Plane Crash

December 09, 2015

Recently, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report on the Decatur County plane crash that killed two pilots near Climax, GA. The victims included a Florida attorney and a former new chopper pilot. The plane, registered to a Florida LLC, was supposed to arrive in Cairo, Georgia from Lakeland, Florida, but it never made it to its destination. Instead, the plane came down in a heavily wooded area near Climax. According to the preliminary accident report, the pilot might have lost control while maneuvering the plane. A weather advisory was in place and the pilot appeared to be switching between areas of visibility and those without. The strong odor of fuel at the crash scene and the twisted propeller blades could indicate that both engines were working at the time of the crash, however a final determination will be made on this by NTSB officials.

We previously discussed this recent Decatur County plane accident and the potential causes of small plane accidents. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, over 400 individuals are killed in plane accidents annually. Most people do not fear flying, and those on large commercial planes should continue to feel safe in traveling. Commercial planes have low crash records. This is due in part to the extensive training of commercial airline pilots, their screening, qualifications, and continued education as well as training requirements. Commercial airplanes are much larger and subject to more safety regulations than smaller planes. These planes are not allowed in the air unless they pass a number of rigorous safety checks.

Smaller airplanes are subject to fewer regulations and their pilots do not often have the same degree of experience. Small plane pilots do not generally fly on a daily basis and do not need to complete the same hours of training or educational requirements as commercial pilots. When you combine pilot inexperience with small planes that are more susceptible to loss of control, engine failure, and other problems, serious accidents can result. In addition to these factors, small airports, at times, lack paved landing strips and may be surrounded by wooded areas. For these reasons, many safety officials have called for increased regulation of small planes, including improving small airport standards and small plane licensing rules.

Small Plane Accident Claims

Small plane accidents are still relatively uncommon, but when they do occur the results can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a small plane accident, contact a licensed personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assist you in filing a claim against the party responsible for your accident, which could include the pilot, manufacturer of the airplane or one of its components.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured car accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 35 years of experience to your personal injury case, providing you with the dedicated representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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