Lukas Swidinski Compton/Woodley Airport: 40-Year-Old Student Pilot Lukas Michael Swidinski From Long Beach Died In Plane Crash On The Runway Of The Compton/Woodley Airport –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me
COMPTON, CALIFORNIA (March 23, 2019) – A 40-year-old pilot identified as Lukas Michael Swidinski has died after two planes collided on the runway of the Compton/Woodley Airport.
Compton police are saying that the plane crash took place on March 13th on Runway 25L when a North American T28 airplane hit a Cessna 152 airplane carrying a flight instructor and Lukas Michael Swidinski.
Investigators are saying that the North American T28 airplane had just landed and ran into the Cessna which was still on the runway. The force of the impact caused the Cessna to explode.
Lukas Michael Swidinski was tragically pronounced dead due to his injuries. A male flight instructor in his 30’s was taken to the hospital in critical condition following the plane crash.
It does not appear as though the pilot of the North American T28 airplane was injured in the crash. The T28 is apparently normally used as a military trainer by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.
Causes Of Plane Crashes
According to Live Science, the vast number of plane crashes that occur happen in private aviation. According to the NHTSA, getting into a small airplane is nearly 19 times more deadly than getting into a family sedan. Commercial aviation, by contrast, tends to be much more safe. Commercial pilots have a lot more training and larger planes also enjoy many more safety features.
Mid-air plane crashes are among the most deadly types of accidents out there. These accidents tend to occur shortly after takeoff or as one plane is trying to land. There are a number of factors that can increase the odds of a mid-air collision including:
- Navigation Errors
- Flight Plan Deviations
- Poor Situational Awareness
- Faulty Collision Avoidance Systems
Plane crashes can leave victims with extensive injuries and high medical bills. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a plane crash. An aviation accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Liability In Plane Crashes
All pilots have a responsibility to “see and avoid” in order to prevent collisions. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “See and Avoid” is recognised as a method for avoiding collision when weather conditions permit and requires that pilots should actively search for potentially conflicting traffic, especially when operating in airspace where all traffic is not operating under the instructions of ATC”
If a pilot runs into another plane that is fairly strong evidence that they were not being cautious enough. If a pilot was negligent and deviated from a flight path or had poor situational awareness they may face civil liability for an accident. If the pilot was working a the time of an accident their employer may face civil liability as well. But pilot error is not the only source of plane crashes.
The federal government may face civil liability for a plane crash. The air traffic controller is supposed to maintain the safe flow of air traffic in order to prevent collisions. This is partially accomplished through radars and satellites. If an air traffic controller guides a plane to land on an occupied runway this can lead to a fatal collision.
Any person that is injured or the family of a victim that died in a crash may have legal recourse. Damages may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and take steps to make sure your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Plane Crash
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Lukas Michael Swidinski. The FAA and the Compton/Woodley Airport need to get to the bottom of what happened. The victims and their family deserve answers. If steps are not taken to make this airport safer a similar accident could take place in the future. It’s important that any witnesses come forward and speak with officials as they continue their investigation.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a plane crash. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can conduct a free investigation into your case and help you get answers about what went wrong. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free police report we are here for you. You’re always welcome to contact us at (888) 888-9285.