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Pilot Error Caused 2010 New Jersey Plane Crash That Killed 3

October 10, 2011

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October 10, 2011

A team of investigators has determined that pilot error is to blame in the July 2010 plane crash that killed three people in New Jersey.

Killed in the crash were the 70-year-old female pilot, a Manhattan rheumatologist, as well as a 44-year-old man and his wife. The single-engine plane, a Cirrus SR22, went down in Fairfield, New Jersey, not long after aborting a landing at Essex County Airport, Forbes reports. The plane had departed from an airport in Plattsburgh, New York.

In a report from the National Transportation Safety Board released last week, they ascribed the crash’s cause to the pilot’s failure to maintain control during the aborted landing. She reportedly had the plane’s flaps set incorrectly for that maneuver.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw the plane touch down and climb steeply before it appeared to stall and then fall straight out of the air. The plane crashed about 100 yards from Essex Airport and then burst into flames.

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What can be done to reduce the startling number of single-engine plane crashes in the United States?

If you or someone you know has had their safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, the aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can help.

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