Arizona plane crash raises safety issues

by nph | December 16th, 2011

December 16, 2011

On Thursday, December 8, a single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed about one-half mile from the Scottsdale, Arizona, airport, reports the Tucson Citizen.

The 62-year-old pilot died inside the plane, and the 60-year-old passenger was transported to a nearby trauma center for non-life threatening injuries, fire and police officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

For years, people in Scottsdale and Phoenix living near the airport have lobbied for airport officials not to allow heavier jets to take off frequently.

This time it was a small plane that crashed, but many neighbors who gathered around the yellow police crime tape near the crash site said that this was one of their worst fears coming true.

One neighbor came out of his house to see what had happened after he heard the plane explode.

“The small planes don’t seem to bother me,” he said. “My concerns are those (larger jets). They fly low and fast.”

A former member of the Airport Advisory Commission said, “I’m sure questions will be raised about the safety of the airport, as well as homes and businesses near the airport.”

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If you or someone you know has had his or her safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, the aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.