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Who Is Liable When Someone Dies in a Private Plane Crash?

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If you lose a loved one in a private plane crash, what are you supposed to do?

On July 1, 2017, a Piper PA-23 that took off from Tennessee and crashed in the late afternoon just over the Georgia border. All four people on the plane were killed. It is currently unknown what the cause of the crash was, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating.


According to the FAA, the most common kind of Tennessee plane crash is a general aviation accident involving small airplanes. These are commonly privately owned and operated, or used by small companies, such as tour businesses.

The most common causes of plane crashes in Tennessee are:

  • Pilot error, the most common cause. These can include negligence during takeoff and landing, as well as in flight.
  • Defective plane parts. Defects can stem from manufacturing errors or defects in the design of the plane itself.
  • Airline negligence. Airlines and airplane companies have a responsibility to maintain aircraft and ensure employees follow proper procedures. If a lack of maintenance or repairs leads to an accident, the airline or private company is typically liable for any damages, including loss of life. Airlines can also be liable if employees like air traffic controllers cause a crash.

To determine if a crash is the fault of a pilot, employee or some other entity like the airline, an extensive investigation is necessary. These investigations are extraordinarily complex and can take a long time to complete. An airplane accident attorney can therefore be of huge assistance to victims and their family members, handling the intricacies of the investigation while the family takes time to heal.

John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”