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RIVERSIDE: Three People Hospitalized After F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed Into See Water Inc Warehouse

May 21, 2019

Three People Hospitalized After Armed F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed In Riverside Warehouse of See Water Inc

MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (May 21, 2019) – There is an ongoing investigation into why an F-16 fighter jet armed with missiles crashed into the See Water Inc warehouse. 

Moreno Valley police are saying that the plane crash took place around 3:45 p.m. at the warehouse located on 22220 Opportunity Way. 

U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Thomas McNamara said that the F-16 fighter jet that crashed had a standard armament package. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the warehouse in order to help the See Water Inc employees that were injured. 

A picture of the scene of the accident showed that the F-16 had punched a hole through the roof of the building. The pilot was able to successfully eject prior to the crash. 

There is an ongoing investigation into what may have caused the F-16 to crash into See Water Inc. 

Liability In F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes 

F-16 fighters jets are owned by the United States’ military. The government has a responsibility to make sure that the civilian population is safe during training exercises. If a pilot was negligent during a flight, the federal government could be held vicariously liable for his/her actions. This is based off of the legal doctrine or Respondeat Superior. There are a number of reasons why an F-16 might crash including:

    • Intentional Crashes: Around 8% of all fatal accidents are due to pilots intentionally crashing planes. 
    • Mechanical Failure: Planes are machines and like all machines they sometimes fail. Engine failures are the most common and if a pilot does not know how to effectively control a plane after an engine failure they can be fatal. 
    • Weather: Inclement weather is responsible for nearly a quarter (23%) of all plane crashes. Pilots have a responsibility to check the weather patterns before taking off. Thunderstorms in particular can be just as dangerous as flying through hurricanes. 
    • Human Error: Pilot error is the single greatest contributor to plane crashes. In particular, most accidents take place right after take-off or during landing. This is the most hazardous portion of a flight. 

Any person that is injured in a plane crash may be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An aviation accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. 

Getting Help After A Plane Crash 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the See Water Inc employees injured in this horrific crash. It’s a miracle that the missiles on the F-16 didn’t explode upon impact. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Anyone that may have witnessed the crash should contact the FAA as they continue to investigate. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a plane crash you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. In fact, we’ve been helping accident victims for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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