Tragedy may strike in the blink of an eye. Sadly, such an event recently took the lives of eight people off the coast of North Carolina when a small airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Families mourn, communities grieve and investigators wonder how an incident like this could have happened.
The shock likely will never wear off for the families, their friends and respective communities. How do explain to loved ones that a person was alive and well only moments earlier, and now they are gone forever?
Getting answers, determining a cause
The eight people on the single-engine Pilatus PC-12/47 were returning from a charity hunting event in Hyde County when it crashed into the ocean on the afternoon of Feb. 13. Four of the victims were high school students from Carteret County.
Wrongful death cases become even more complicated involving aviation law. Among the complications related to aircraft-related cases include confronting and attempting to resolve issues with insurance companies, aviation firms and aircraft manufacturers.
Sadly, a number of airplane crashes involve privately owned and operated aircraft. In this recent tragedy, one of the passengers owned the plane.
Families of any type of accident want answers. No matter what type of incident – motor vehicle crash, slip and fall death or airplane crash, every detail needs review, analysis and explanation. Investigators must determine the cause of such an incident and whether it was preventable or negligence played a part.
No compensation can ever replace someone’s life
In cases such as the recent fatal airplane crash affecting Carteret County families, there is no clear answer. And it is understood that no monetary compensation will ever replace the victim of a tragic incident.