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Fatal Calabasas plane crash leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Airplanes are perhaps the safest means of transportation. Flying through airspace rather than navigating crowded city streets and congested highways leaves little room for accidents. We all know, however, that aviation accidents still happen. Because flight paths are often carefully planned, when an accident occurs between two planes, there is usually someone to blame.

Recently, a local family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two parties after the death of a 63-year-old man in a frightening plane crash outside of Calabasas. The man and another individual were both killed when two small planes collided in April. The other plane was piloted by a flight instructor with American Flyers flight school.


According to CBS Los Angeles, the two Cessna planes were engaged in some kind of flight training over Ventura County before they crashed. Although the pilot conducting the training was able to make an emergency landing, the other plane crashed into the side of a mountain. Why the crash occurred is unclear. The wife and children of the man who died is suing the other pilot and the flight school for the wrongful death of their loved one.

Despite their rarity, plane crashes can be extremely dangerous -- sometimes more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, this incident illustrates just how dangerous aviation accidents can be. When a fatal accident is the result of someone's negligence, the family of the victim may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Hopefully the family in this case gets the compensation they deserve.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Relatives Of Man Killed In Calabasas Plane Crash Sue Flight School, Pilot," Sept. 11, 2013

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