Alaska saw its third airplane crash in two weeks when a Cessna A185F Skywagon crashed in Prince William Sound on May 21. The Coast Guard reported the crash around 2 p.m. that day, and four vessels headed out to rescue the three passengers on that plane. The plane was found near Cascade Bay about 20 miles southwest of the city of Valdez.
The Coast Guard and Alaska Air National Guard arrived at the scene after the four vessels. One of the passengers was pronounced dead. The other two were transported by helicopter to a hospital to be treated for "general pains." The cause of the accident has yet to be determined. As for who owned and operated the plane, this also remains unknown.
The day before, an airplane operated by Taquan Air crashed in the city of Metlakatla, Alaska, killing both passengers. Near the city of Ketchikan, two sightseeing planes, one operated by Taquan and the other by Mountain Air Service, collided in midair, killing six in all.
It is often the case that airplane crashes are caused by the negligence of the pilot or by a malfunction stemming from negligence on the airline's part. Aviation injuries cover not only injuries incurred in crashes but also cases of assault and cases of sickness or food poisoning. Those who incur such injuries may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law.
This is where an attorney can come in. Personal injury attorneys may have a network of professionals, including medical experts and investigators, to help build up a case. Attorneys themselves may be able to speak on victims' behalf at the negotiation table or in the courtroom. In the end, victims might be reimbursed for medical expenses and other losses.