Redding Plane Collision Kills Two – According to Redding Fire Battalion Chief Eric McMurtrey, two people lost their lives in a local airplane accident during the night of Thursday, November 15, 2018. The accident involved a small plane and happened close to the Redding Municipal Airport. The identities of the fatally injured individuals had not been reported by Shasta County authorities as of Friday, November, 16, 2018, pending family notifications. The accident remains under investigation by multiple agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Nation Transportation Safety Board. My support and sympathy are sent out to those who’ve lost a person they love due to this tragic event.
Airplane Crash Information
The airplane accident reportedly took place at around 6:30 p.m. Redding Municipal Airport Manager Bryant Garrett stated that a small airplane, which he identified as a Cessna 182, had taken off from the local airfield. Garrett said that the plane, a four-seater aircraft that had been carrying two people, traveled about a mile away from the airport before it crashed. Garrett also said that he did not know if the plane made a distress call prior to the accident.
The plane crashed on a private property close to the intersection of the Desperado and Old Oregon trails. The crash site was about a mile northeast of the airport in an area that authorities say was hard to reach because of multiple fence lines and creek beds. The airplane wreck fortunately did not spark a fire.
Additionally, Garrett told reporters that the airplane had not been based at either the municipal airport or Benton Airpark, which is also in Redding. Whether or not the aircraft had any faulty parts remains unclear.
Several agencies were called in to assist with responding to the plane wreck including the Redding Police Department, Redding Fire Department, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and Cal Fire. However, by the time the responders were able to finally reach the plane crash site, it was already too late. The two occupants of the airplane were tragically declared deceased at the collision site.
Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal plane accident are often able to seek compensation from negligent parties through “wrongful death claims.” However, suddenly losing a family member or close friend often leaves people feeling overwhelmed. Dealing with the emotions involved in a fatal accident is no easy task, and many people find it difficult to continue taking care of the day-to-day tasks. For this reason, it is common to want to delay calling a personal injury lawyer after a fatal accident.
While these feelings are understandable, parties responsible for the plane accident are not going to wait and usually start defending themselves from liability right away. Having a personal injury attorney on your side early on can mean preventing valuable evidence from being obscured. Furthermore, knowing that your case is being taken care of by an experienced legal professional means that you can focus on you and your family healing emotionally during this difficult time.
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