Local officials and accident investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating an accident that killed three men near Vero Beach on Feb. 14. The crash occurred in a marsh in a remote area of the Fort Drum Conservation Area about 20 miles west of Vero Beach. Indian River County sheriff’s spokesman Thom Raulen said that authorities know the identities of the three crash victims but are not releasing their names until the identities are confirmed and relatives have been notified.
"We know the three people who left the Sebastian Airport," Raulen said. "But we have not confirmed that the three people on the plane are those same three people."
Raulen said that according to the flight plan, the aircraft was heading to Barstow and had touched down in Sebastian on the way back from the Bahamas before it crashed in around four feet of water in the swamp. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, the Cessna 310 went down at 4:54 p.m. on Feb. 14 while flying in inclement weather. Search teams found the wreckage around 10 a.m. the following morning in an area accessible only by helicopter.
Sometimes, aviation accidents occur due to poor weather, equipment malfunctions and other unexpected events. However, many Florida aviation accidents occur due to negligence such as poor aircraft maintenance, shoddy workmanship, defective parts, pilot error or impairment and other types of negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured or a close family member has been killed in an aviation accident caused by negligence, you may be entitled to seek damages against the parties responsible for your injuries or loss. For more information about state and federal laws, your legal rights and your options for seeking compensation, it is a very good idea to speak with an experienced Florida aviation accident attorney such as James O. Cunningham. In nearly 40 years of practicing law as an Orlando personal injury lawyer, Mr. Cunningham has helped numerous aviation accident victims receive the compensation they deserve through court awards and negotiated settlements. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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