A small plane accident has serious consequences and will likely require the National Transportation Safety Board to come in and investigate. This is what happened in the case of a fatal plane crash that took place on Sept. 27 off the Goleta coastline in California.
What the NTSB report said
A Cessna T182T Skylane had departed from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport that day and was headed for the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. After establishing contact with the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center, it turned north and then east before rapidly descending.
Communications were lost, and the Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert; not long after that, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the LA County Sheriff’s Department Dive Unit, found the plane in the ocean just two miles away from the airport of its departure. There were no signs of a fire or explosion. The report states that the plane never issued a Mayday call.
One woman killed in the incident
The pilot, a 61-year-old native of Northern California, was the only one on board. Her body was located and recovered on Oct. 1. As for what caused the incident, the NTSB report, which is only preliminary, could not say. It may take over a year for a final report to come out.
Legal help for plane crash victims
If you were injured in a small airplane crash, you may want to seek out compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. It may be that the pilot’s negligence caused the crash. If you intend to file a claim, you may want a lawyer to help you prove the other side’s negligence and negotiate for a settlement.