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RIVERSIDE: Melvyn Caffey Died In Plane Crash In Neighborhood After Crashing Into Backyard of House By Robinson Avenue near Norwood Avenue


Mar 20, 2019

Melvyn Caffey Riverside: A 79-Year-Old Pilot Identified as Melvyn Caffey Killed In Plane Crash After Nosediving Into Backyard Of House 

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (March 20, 2019) – A 79-year-old pilot identified as Melvyn Caffey has tragically died following a plane crash in a residential neighborhood.

Riverside authorities are saying that the pilot sent out a distress signal from his twin-engine Beechcraft BE50. Witnesses reported seeing his plane go into a nosedive sometime around 11:50 a.m. in a neighborhood by Robinson Avenue near Norwood Avenue.

There were a total of four people in the home at the time of the accident. But none of them were injured. Melvyn Caffey was from Orange County and there is no information at this time about what led to the crash. 

The FAA is continuing their investigation at this time. 

Liability In Plane Crashes

Most of the plane crashes that take place every year occur in private aviation. Private aviation encompasses all of the smaller aircraft that typically have one pilot and a few passengers. In short, smaller planes tend to lack a lot of the safety redundancies that larger aircraft have. Here are just a few of the common reasons why a smaller aircraft might crash:

  • Running out of fuel
  • Engine failure
  • Inclement weather 
  • Pilot error

Engine failures are actually much more common that many people realize. They can often force a plane to go into a nosedive. If an engine failure contributed to a plane crash the manufacturer of the plane could potentially face civil liability. The victim’s next of kin  may be able to seek damages through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can investigate a plane crash free of cost and get you answers about what went wrong. 

Investigating A Plane Crash

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Melvyn Caffey  as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident in order to determine what went wrong. Any witnesses that may have information about the accident should come forward and speak with the FAA for the sake of the victim’s family. 

If someone that you love has been involved in a plane crash you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victim’s are informed of their rights. Whether you need more information about a plane crash or just need advice about what to do following an accident we can offer guidance. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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