A second tragic plane crash in just three weeks has occurred and, just as in the first, a training pilot at Frederick Municipal Airport has been killed. The instructor had over 30 years of flight experience.
According to reports, the 49 year old flight instructor and a student pilot left Frederick Municipal Airport on a training flight. They were flying in a T 2003 Cessna 172S. They flew to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Winchester, Virginia. The plane was on its way to Hot Springs when it crashed into the George Washington National Forest. Because of the dense woods where it landed, rescuers weren’t able to get to the plane until a day after it crashed. The 51 year old student pilot survived the crash. The crash is under investigation and no cause has been released.
Just three weeks ago, three people were killed and two others were injured when a helicopter and a plane crashed into each other in mid-air. According to the FAA, a 2006 single-engine Cirrus SR22 plane was getting ready to land at the Frederick Municipal Airport when collided with an R44 helicopter. The plane was found suspended vertically in a row of trees, with an opened parachute. Both people who were in the place survived and were taken to Meritus Medical Center where they were treated and released. The three people who were in the helicopter, including a training pilot, were all killed when it crashed to the ground.
Whatever the results of the investigations of both accidents, four people have been killed and three other people have suffered injuries from these crashes. Families of the victims should contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse they may have against those that may be responsible for these crashes.