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RED BLUFF: Lowell Glenn Daun Killed In Childs Meadow Plane Crash After Cessna Experienced Total Engine Failure

May 3, 2019

Lowell Daun Red Bluff: 72-Year-Old Man From Chico Identified As Lowell Glenn Daun Has Died In Childs Meadow Plane Crash After Cessna 182P Experienced Total Engine Failure

RED BLUFF, CALIFORNIA (May 3, 2019) – A 72-year-old man from Chico identified as Lowell Glenn Daun has tragically died in a plane crash in Child’s Meadow by Highway 36E and Highway 172.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the plane crash took place around 11:36 a.m. after the Cessna experienced total engine failure. There were three people in the plane. Two sustained serious injuries and Lowell Glenn Daun later died following the crash. 

Investigators are saying that the plane clipped a wire while attempting to land, which sheared off the wing. The plane appears to have been rented as part of some sight-seeing tour and was registered to Air Carriage. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are continuing to investigate the plane crash that killed Lowell Glenn Daun.

What Causes Total Engine Failures? 

Commercial air travel is typically extremely safe. There are very few accidents, injuries or deaths associated with commercial airlines. The vast majority of crashes take place in private aviation where safety standards aren’t as high and the planes lack vital safety features. For example, smaller planes lack redundancies like two pilots and two engines. There are a number of potential causes of a total engine failure including mechanical issues with the engine itself. Fuel pump problems and fuel contamination are also major contributing factors.

It’s still possible to land a plane safely after experiencing a total engine failure. According to the Disciples of Flight, there are six steps that should be done shortly after experiencing an engine failure: 

  1. Fly the airplane as you immediately apply full carb heat (if carburetor equipped) and/or check fuel on both or switch fuel tanks, hit fuel boost or pump, and mixture full rich.
  2. Point it toward a landing site.
  3. Establish best-glide airspeed.
  4. Next, if you’ve got enough altitude, which equals time, confirm the failure.
  5. Follow appropriate restart procedures for your aircraft.
  6. Finally, if the restart fails, then you’ll land the aircraft without power.

The majority of forced landings end without major injuries or fatalities. This is why it is so important that pilots study and train for this occurrence. Failing to follow the proper safety procedures all to often leads to serious accidents. Depending on the particular facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a plane crash. 

Liability In Plane Crashes

Every aviation company has a legal responsibility to ensure that their pilots are well trained and that safety measures are put in place to prevent accidents. For example, there may be liability to any third party mechanics that were supposed to be servicing a plane. In many situations, aviation companies will outsource these services. There may also be negligence on the part of a pilot the vast majority of plane crashes are due at least in part to pilot error. Mistakes during a flight or in response to an emergency can lead to catastrophe. 

There may also be liability on a company that manufactures a plane or its component parts. Engine failures are often due to defects within the engine itself. Any victim or their family may have legal recourse through a product liability claim. An aviation accident attorney can investigate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. Damages in a wrongful death action can help a family recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional trauma. 

Investigating A Plane Crash

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lowell Glenn Daun and all of those that have been affected by this plane crash. It is our sincere hope that the FAA and NTSB will get to the bottom of what happened. Any witnesses should come forward and speak with the investigators. It is important that safety measures be put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a plane crash you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have following an accident. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. We can investigate your claim free of charge and help get you answers about what went wrong. Whether you need more information about a plane crash or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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