Airplane Crash in Auburn Involves a Residential Home

Home on Miracle Drive in Auburn Is Site of Airplane Crash

An airplane crash caused serious injuries to the pilot when the plane crashed into an Auburn home on December 22.  The accident was reported by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office around 4:00 p.m. A call to the Sheriff’s Office around 3:00 p.m. reported the accident, which occurred on Miracle Drive. When deputies responded to the call, they discovered the plane on the top of a house where it had crashed.

Pilot Injured but no Injuries Reported on the Ground

The Sheriff’s Office reported that residents in the home were uninjured by the airplane landing on their house. Medical aid to treat the injured pilot was provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The pilot was hospitalized with major injuries.

Power Lines Brought Down in Area of Airplane Crash

In addition to the collision with the house and injury to the pilot, power lines were taken down in the area, but no injuries were reported on the ground. Damage to the home is being investigated by building inspectors. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, Donnell Evans, confirmed that the airplane involved was a single-engine Cessna 172, and the pilot was the only person on board. 

Federal Authorities Investigating Cause of Auburn Airplane Crash

Officials with the Sheriff’s Office provided site security until authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA arrived at the scene to investigate why the crash occurred. No further information has been provided on the condition of the hospitalized pilot. 

Investigating an Airplane Crash

Since the federal government is in charge of all air traffic, when an airplane crash occurs, they always send investigators from the FAA and NTSB to determine the cause. In this case, the people inside the home that was struck were fortunate. An accident of this type can quickly turn from a major airplane accident into a disaster, costing many lives. 

A Light Plane Crash Can Occur for Many Reasons

In any type of transportation, there is always a risk of an accident. When it comes to light planes, there are a number of things that can go wrong, including:

  • Pilot error is a common cause of a plane accident. Inexperience, overconfidence and flying when there is poor visibility or high winds can lead to a crash.
  • Mechanical problems can lead to a crash. Many areas have to be checked during a preflight inspection. However, not all problems with a light plane are visible. Some of the problems in a light plane that can cause an accident include faulty engine carburetor, electronics, or even physical parts such as rivets and bolts. When a defective part is found to be the cause of an airplane crash, the manufacturer may be liable for injuries or fatalities through a product liability claim.
  • Adverse weather conditions lead to many airplane collisions. Although the pilot of a light plane cannot control the weather, they can often choose to stay grounded if conditions might be dangerous. Lightning, hail, turbulence and microbursts can lead to a plane crash. If possible, it is better to wait until the weather clears to avoid the dangers.
  • Lack of airport maintenance can cause a plane accident. Runways that are badly designed, poor weather treatment, and the use of defective or aged materials can cause an accident.

Auburn Personal Injury Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn Personal Injury Attorney. Many different reasons can lead to the crash of an airplane and subsequent injuries. If negligence caused your airplane crash injuries, we can offer you free and friendly advice on whether you can file a claim for compensation. Contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for our free and friendly advice. We can also be reached online.

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