Plane Crashes into Florida Grocery Store: Was the Pilot Negligent?

by Carmen Dellutri on April 20, 2012

Naples injury lawyerAs you have likely heard, a small experimental airplane crashed into a Florida grocery store last week. The accident injured five people, including the pilot and a passenger. Although the cause of the accident is still under investigation, many are questioning whether it could have been prevented.

According to media reports, the amphibious experimental aircraft that took off from DeLand Municipal Airport and may have suffered engine failure. Calls to 911 reported that the plane seemed to be in trouble shortly before it crashed into the roof of the grocery store. Federal aviation officials are currently investigating the crash, and a full report will not be released for several months.

The plane accident calls into question the safety of home built airplanes, like the one involved in this accident. While amateur-built plans must be deemed “airworthy,” they are not required to comply with federal safety regulations for standard aircraft.

If the investigation reveals that the pilot failed to properly construct or maintain the aircraft or was negligent in its operation, he could face liability. However, it is unclear at this time if any of the accident victims are contemplating personal injury lawsuits.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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