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Central Florida Plane Crash Kills Five

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 20, 2011

Officials are still investigating the crash of a small aircraft that killed both people aboard the airplane, killed three people on the ground, destroyed two homes and damaged another in Sanford. One of the victims on the plane was the husband of the Vice President of NASCAR, and the pilot was a prominent Ormond Beach plastic surgeon. Accident investigators say the Cessna 310 went down around 8:40 a.m. striking one home, causing the home next door to catch fire and damaging a third home. Both homes struck by the aircraft were destroyed in the crash, and three of the victims, two of them children, were occupants of the homes.

“It is clear that numerous families were affected by this terrible tragedy and unfortunately several people were deceased or seriously injured,” a NASCAR statement said. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all of those who were involved in this tragic accident and their families.”

Competitor Liason Bureau, Inc. of Daytona Beach owned the aircraft, which had taken off from Daytona Beach International Airport at 8:23 a.m. and was reportedly heading to Lakeland. The plane’s pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, and air traffic controllers told him to land at nearby Orlando-Sanford International Airport. The aircraft failed to reach the runway and crashed into the homes at 354 and 356 Willowbay Ridge Court in the Preserve at Lake Monroe in Seminole County.

Each year, Florida has many aviation accidents that claim lives and injure dozens of people. If investigators determine that poor aircraft maintenance contributed to the accident, accident victims and their families are entitled to seek damages against the negligent parties to defray the costs of hospital bills, ongoing medical care, lost wages and other expenses.

Since 1977, Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has helped injured people and their families receive the fair and just compensation they need to rebuild their lives and regain their quality of life after aviation accidents. He works hard to help each client receive the best possible outcome for his or her case, and his record of success in these matters speaks for itself. If you have been injured in an aviation accident and need to speak with an Orlando personal injury lawyer, schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham today by calling him at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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