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Pilot's last words were that he lost his engine

A pilot from Pittsburgh was recently killed when his 1975 single engine Beechcraft crashed in the George Washington National Forest at approximately 11:30 in the morning. The pilot contacted air traffic control shortly before the airplane accident actually occurred, and his last words were reported to be, "I lost my engine."

An official with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that the age of a plane will generally not affect its reliability so long as routine maintenance has been performed. The official went on to state that often such airplanes are even in better condition than when the planes were first manufactured.

Officials will look into maintenance and pilot records. They will also discuss such crashes with airplane manufacturers to determine if there was any indication that such an airplane had some sort of design defect or fault.

Obviously, investigation into any fatal airplane crash needs to be taken seriously. What is particularly difficult about these kinds of accidents is that each crash happens for a different reason. Investigations are begun on the basis of each accident being unique, and only after NTSB investigators have a better idea why the accident occurred will they then look into accident trends.

For clients that have been injured or killed in such airplane crashes, they may wish to discuss these matters further with personal injury attorneys. Such attorneys can evaluate documentation that concerns the crash, and make a determination as to whether other parties may have been liable for what occurred.

If something out of the ordinary did occur, it needs to be uncovered so that such incidents do not occur again.

Source: WHSV, "Pilot's Last Words before Fatal Crash Help Investigation," August 27, 2012

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