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Watch out for the Plane…on the Beach

Miami Beach and Sarasota residents and visitors were shocked when two small planes landed on the beach within two days.

Plane Crash on Beach in FloridaOn July 27, a man and his 9-year-old daughter were killed while walking on the beach in Sarasota on the west coast of Florida when they were struck by a plane.  Back on July 20, a Coral Gables man was killed when the Cessna he was piloting crashed into the ocean outside of Elliott Key in South Miami-Dade County.

All of the accidents in and around Fort Lauderdale and Broward County generally concern residents and tourists alike who may be unsuspecting victims to unusual, but potentially devastating, personal injuries.


Tragedy in Sarasota


Army Sergeant Ommy Irizarry and his daughter were struck by a Piper brand airplane.  Irizarry and his wife Rebecca were vacationing on the beach to commemorate their ninth wedding anniversary.  The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash to determine its cause.


Safe Landing in Miami Beach


Unlike the tragic landing in Sarasota, Jafet Cordeiro, another aviator who was piloting a Cessna plane that crash landed on the beach in Miami, was able to safely navigate and land the plane without injuring himself, the passengers on the plane or any passersby on the ground.


Torts and Airplane Manufacturers


A tort is a civil wrong, unlike a crime, which is considered a wrong against the “community.” Torts are filed against a defendant by the victim of a tort, while the local, state, or federal government will bring a criminal charge depending on which law may have been broken.  Most commonly a tort involves a personal injury, resulting from either intentional or negligent actions by another person.  An intentional tort is a tort such as assault, in which the defendant intended to intimidate or hit the plaintiff.  Common intentional torts include assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespass, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  A negligent tort includes activities such as failing to follow reasonable safe driving practices, leading to an accident.

Airplane injuries are certainly an unusual form of tort injury when compared to car-related injuries, but are significant nonetheless due to the amount of damage that can come from such large craft.  Small aircraft makers are protected by a statute, called the General Aviation Revitalization Act, which prohibits products liability claims for aircraft that were manufactured more than 18 years ago.  This law encourages pilots to be more careful in the maintenance and piloting of their aircraft as manufacturers of those small planes will not be held liable for any plane older than 18 years.


Personal Injury Victims That Still Need Help

If you have questions about a personal injury claim that was caused by another person’s negligence, you should act quickly to assert your claim.  You should also be careful to choose a knowledgeable and effective representative and counselor to help you in a very stressful time.  Contact the attorneys at the Law Office of Cohn & Smith, P.A. to guide you through a difficult time.

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