Our Chicago accident attorneys with experience handling airplane crash cases are deeply saddened by the multiple deaths in this week’s private aviation accident. Skokie resident Moshe Menora was killed, together with three of his seventeen grandchildren, when his small plane crashed on Interstate 75.
According to reports, the Menora family was returning from a day at Mackinac Island, but experienced problems upon takeoff. The plane, a Beech Baron 58, had trouble getting airborne, then crashed on the interstate and split in half.
There is no word yet on the cause of this tragedy. Despite the impression that may be left by the incredible publicity that all small plane crashes receive, however, these events are exceedingly rare, and are never without cause. Because there was no obvious cause, and the investigation is ongoing, we have not yet learned whether this airplane crash was caused by pilot error, air traffic control error, improper maintenance, or a defect with the aircraft itself. In any of these instances, the family may have a cause of action for wrongful death.
It is very easy when confronted with a tragedy such as a private aviation accident, particularly one where there were fatalities to vibrant young lives, to wish to look away, to move on. It is important, however, that the cause of this accident is identified, not only so that justice is done but also to prevent future tragedies.
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