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Plane Crashes Near University of Florida Stadium During a Football Game

October 16, 2013
Colson Hicks Eidson

On October 5, two people were hospitalized after a plane crashed near fans gathered for a University of Florida football game in Gainesville.

Jacksonville’s WJXT-TV reported that a plane carrying a banner around the university suddenly lost power, causing the plane’s propeller to stop. The pilots found an open area of Flavet Field to make an emergency landing, and school officials on the ground cleared fans out of the way; however, the plane went past the field, rolled on the ground and bounced into a wooded area just south of the stadium.

“We noticed metal beams ripped apart. People were rushing to the scene to find out what happened,” said one witness. “I saw one of the pilots had already bailed from the plane by the time I made it over there.”

Police said both people aboard the plane were injured and taken to an area hospital. It is unclear what caused the plane to crash, but investigators suspect a defect in the aircraft is to blame.

The Dangers and Frequency of Aviation Accidents

This aviation accident gives evidence to how dangerous and sometimes fatal plane crashes can be. The National Transportation Safety Board says passengers board airplanes more than 700 million times every year, and the Federal Aviation Administration estimates there are around 7,000 aircraft over the U.S. at any given time.

Our Experienced Florida Injury Attorneys Understand the Complexities of Aviation Law

Aviation accidents are multifaceted and involve many issues that require expert legal representation. Our attorneys are highly skilled and well respected in aviation law litigation, constantly striving to protect client’s interests, identify the truth and determine the responsibility of plane crashes. Contact us today at 305-476-7400 for more information on what our experienced Florida injury attorneys can do for you.

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