Medical Transport Plane Crash
I’m Ed Smith, a Northern California Airplane Crash Attorney. The bodies of four people were recovered out of a medical transport airplane that tragically crashed on Friday, July 29, 2016 in a densely forested range of mountains in the Northern California region. Authorities said the airplane’s pilot had reported seeing smoke in the cockpit just prior to the crash.
Emergency On Board – Plane Vanishes From Radar
The medical transport airplane was a Piper PA31. On board was the pilot, a transport medic, a patient and a flight nurse. The flight path was approximately 360 miles from Crescent City, near the border of Oregon, to Oakland when the pilot called in an emergency at about 1:00 a.m.
The pilot requested to return to Crescent City but then the plane vanished off of radar approximately 5 miles short of the Arcata-Eureka Airport along the far northern coast, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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Humbolt County Sheriff Rescue Teams Dispacted
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Rescue teams were dispatched and located the crash site a few hours later on privately owned land that operates a timber company. The area was located about 280 miles north of the city of San Francisco.
Four Victims Yet To Be Identifed By Coroner’s Office
The coroner, E. Stewart, said his office has four victims from the plane crash but declined to name the parties until next of kin have been notified.
The medical transport airplane was being operated by Cal-Ore Life Flight. Cal-Ore Life Flight is responsible for transporting patients throughout the Oregon and Northern California regions.
National Transportation Safety Board Investigation Underway
An investigation is being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Goverment. The agency is charged with the duty of investigating to determine what the probable cause is of accidents involving a wide variety of different modes of transportation. The agency promotes safety in transportation and provides assistance to families and victims of transportation accidents.
Common Causes of Airplane Crashes
- Error of the Pilot – 50 percent of all crashes include some form of pilot error.
- Mechanical Problems with the Airplane
- Other forms of negligence
Northern California Airplane Crash Attorney
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