Even though airplane crashes are less frequent than car accidents, they unfortunately still happen. The hazardous weather conditions in Alaska often make a pilot's job more difficult, and even the most experienced pilots can have an aviation accident. Accidents like these are tragic, and when they occur they are often fatal. One of the most recent accidents occurred in the first part of July when a plane crashed just feet from the runway.
The plane carried the pilot and nine passengers and was supposed to transport the passengers to a bear viewing lodge. The passengers were all tourists, a family of five and a family of four, from a southeastern state. The pilot was a Nikiski, Alaska native. It is unclear what caused the crash yet, but the aviation accident remains under investigation.
After the crash, an NTSB investigative unit was sent from the national capital and arrived the next day. After a press conference in Anchorage, the team headed to the crash site, where the investigators started to carry out their responsibility of investigating the aviation crash. Though the cause is still unknown, investigators noted that the wings were torn off the plane and the propeller was bent. Alaska officials stated that this was the worst crash that they have seen in Alaska in the last 10 years.
When the cause of the aviation accident is documented, the relatives of the victims may decide to seek reimbursement of the financial damages that inevitably accompany these types of tragedies. Although no amount of money can ever fill the holes left in the hearts of all that loved the victims, some monetary compensation can help with costs that the families may be left with, including final expenses funerals and related costs. A successfully litigated claim may help the families to focus on what is really important -- being together and making it through this difficult time without being overly preoccupied with financial strains.
Source: adn.com, "NTSB says crash probe will include engine, weight questions," Michelle Theriault, July 8, 2013