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Plane Crashes Make Headlines Locally & Nationally

March 28, 2019


A recent plane crash in the mountains of North Carolina tragically claimed the life of a local Aiken man. Combined with the news that major U.S. airlines have pulled a particular model of plane from their fleets over safety concerns, it is only natural for local travelers to be somewhat nervous. While fatal airplane accidents make headlines here and around the country, it is seemingly minor incidents which can result in serious personal injuries that should have frequent flyers more concerned. 


Local Plane Crash on Heels of Major Catastrophe

Gary Huttleston of Aiken, SC was a licensed commercial pilot with plenty of experience and years of flying under his belt. Tragically, he was killed in a plane crash on March 14, 2019, after his single-engine Mooney M20C experienced an engine malfunction. According to a report by the Aiken Standard, Huttleston had taken off from Knoxville, Tennessee at roughly 5:30 p.m. that Thursday night.


Flying solo, he was approximately 17 miles south of Macon County Airport in North Carolina when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. The last contact anyone had with the pilot was a message he sent saying he had lost attitude indication during the flight. This is a tool on the plane’s instrument panel which helps pilots distinguish the horizon line. Rescuers found Huttleston and the plane the next day. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


The crash comes on the heels of a major accident that occurred March 10 in Ethiopia, killing all 150 people on board. It was the second crash in less than six months to involve the Boeing Co.’s 737 Max, prompting U.S. airline companies to pull the planes from their fleets. According to a March 13, 2019 Bloomberg report, Boeing has halted any future deliveries of the plane, though it continues assembly while looking for potential problems.


Boarding & In Flight Injuries More Common


The mere thought of a plane crash is enough to keep some people from ever flying, but the risks are relatively low. It is still one of the safest ways to travel. However, passengers do face considerable risks due to more minor mishaps, which can result in serious personal injuries. According to the Aviation Safety Network, there are three types of airplane accidents which are particularly common:


  • Falls that occur either when entering or getting off the plane

  • Injuries caused by falling luggage during turbulence

  • Injuries sustained due to being bumped by rolling beverage carts


Passenger altercations can also occur on board and attacks by emotional support animals have caused some airline companies to tighten their guidelines. When you are injured in any of these types of accidents, the airline company can be held liable for the damages you suffer.


Contact Us Today for Help

At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get compensation when injuries occur. Contact our Aiken personal injury attorney today to request a consultation.




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