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Small Plane Crash Landing in Suffolk, VA Highlights Risks for Pilots and Passengers
According to WAVY-TV 10, the men's twin-engine, six-seater plane experienced mechanical problems with its front landing gear that kept the nosecone wheels from deploying. As the following video shows, a gentle touchdown and a level-headed decision to burn off as much fuel as possible before attempting the emergency landing prevented both injuries and a fire:
As a Virginia Beach, VA-based personal injury attorney whose law firm has represented plane crash victims, I know that equipment failures due to poor design, manufacture and maintenance are a leading cause of crashes that leave pilots and passengers injured and dead. What exactly caused the landing gear to stick for the Suffolk men remains under investigation. If a product defect or negligence by a third-party hired to keep the plane in good repair is found, the plane's owner could have grounds for filing a claim to receive compensation for property damage.