Small Plane Crase in Agua Dulce Kills 3 People and 3 Horses
Three people were killed when a small airplane crashed into an Agua Dulce ranch in heavy fog on Thursday October 21, 2010. The Signal newspaper reported that the plane’s pilot and passengers were killed, along with three horses on the ground, as a result of the crash.
The airplane that crashed was a Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane. The plane had taken off from Van Nuys airport and was heading to Parker, Arizona, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Authority. The names of the crash victims were not released, though Gregor confirmed that a Calabasas company owned the aircraft. Eyewitness accounts had the plane spinning out of the clouds in a high-speed nose-dive into a horse corral next to a barn in Agua Dulce at about 12:10 p.m. Thursday. The aircraft exploded and burst into flames upon impact.
Agua Dulce, which is known for the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, is north of Santa Clarita and about 45 miles from Los Angeles.
The Cirrus SR22's aircrafts are equipped with a large parachute that will slow the plane and lower it to the ground in case of an emergency. There has been no report of the chute having been used in the crash in Agua Dulce.
Gregor said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. Typically, the NTSB investigations take months to determine the cause of such crashes.
The search for the cause of a small aircraft crash is an extremely complex task. Aircraft maintenance and service record keeping for small private aircrafts may not be as detailed as with large commercial aircraft. While crash causes such as structural defects, pilot errors, maintenance deficiencies, design defects, and an array of other factors are often responsible, the additional difficulties particular to the investigation of small private aircraft crashes compound the already existing hurdles in any plane crash case. The wreckage of a plane crash impact will usually obscure the cause of the accident as well. In the Agua Dulce crash, the plane’s engine was embedded three feet into the earth as a result of the impact. It was reported that the plane had basically disintegrated upon impact and then burned.
For all of these reasons it is imperative that small plane crash victims and their families contact a personal injury attorney to make sure their rights are protected. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of an aircraft accident, call the Law Office of Robert J. Kaiser for a free consultation to be sure you retain the services of experienced aviation accident attorney with the necessary resources required to pursue a complex aviation case on behalf of the victims.