Plane Crash Causes Vacaville Plane Manufacturer Scrutiny

Plane Crash Causes Vacaville Plane Manufacturer Scrutiny

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville wrongful death lawyer. On November 7, 2017, a plane crash left retired Major League Baseball player and star Roy Halladay with fatal injuries. This crash is the second fatal accident of the year involving an ICON A5 aircraft. Because of this, the Vacaville company is currently facing scrutiny over the safety of their planes.

The Accident

The airplane accident occurred over the Gulf of Mexico at an unreported time. Authorities have not yet reported much information about circumstances such as time or weather conditions. After the accident, ICON stated that they would do everything they are able to in order to support the ongoing accident investigation and would give further comments once more information about the crash is available.

Halladay appeared in advertisements for the ICON aircraft company before he received his brand new A5 model plane only weeks before the accident.

The Plane

The ICON A5 is an amphibious airplane that is advertised as a plane that can give pilots a thrilling flight experience. Currently, there are only 23 ICON A5 airplanes registered with the FAA, meaning that nearly ten percent of the ICON A5s have been involved in deadly accidents.

The Executive Flyers President in Sacramento, Steve Thompson, told reporters that “for some reason, this plane has had more than its share of accidents.” Thompson also suggested that the easy-to-use, sleek, and recreational design of the ICON A5 could possibly have been a factor that contributed to the collisions, as the exciting design could lead pilots to make risky maneuvers.

Investigation and Previous Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the accident and attempting to determine what factors were at play.

NTSB also investigated the previous A5 crash, which occurred over Lake Berryessa in Napa County in May that killed two ICON employees. The investigation revealed that the collision was caused by pilot error.

Airplane Accidents

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported that airplane travel has increased in popularity steadily over the past decade and is expected to continue increasing, with airline travel almost doubling over the next twenty years.

However, although the vast majority of flights go smoothly, there is still the potential for an accident. Airplane accidents are especially dangerous and many different types of traumatic injuries can be caused by them. Some common injuries sustained in airplane accidents include traumatic brain injury, bone fractures, burn injuries, and more.

Catastrophic Injuries

With airplane accidents, the risk of catastrophic injury is high. Catastrophic injuries are typically injuries that cost over 1 million dollars in damages and almost always involve hospitalization and surgery. Catastrophic injuries also often leave individuals with lasting trauma such as amputation injuries or paralysis. In cases like these, injured parties are often able to receive compensation for loss of potential income, quality of life, and other types of damages that may not be immediately obvious.

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pic: “Icon a5 in the water” by H Michael Miley under CC A-SA2.0G

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