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Is It Safe to Island Hop on Small Planes?

January 15, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

How safe is it to island hop on small planes? Recently, a 15-year-old Atlanta girl was killed in a small plane crash in Puerto Rico while on a flight from San Juan to Culebra Island.

Per WRBL-TV, the Air America plane crashed off the coast of Pinones, which is east of San Juan. Reportedly, the plane had just taken off from Puerto Rico’s main international airport in San Juan prior to the crash. In addition to claiming the life of the 15-year-old girl, two of the girl’s travel companions, a 14-year-old girl and her 48-year-old father, suffered severe burns in the crash and were hospitalized. The plane’s 22-year-old pilot was also injured in the incident.

People who were swimming and sunbathing near the crash site rescued the pilot, 14-year-old girl and 48-year-old father. They reached the crash site using kayaks. As of this writing, the cause of the plane crash was still under investigation.

Is the Airline Supposed to Cover My Hospital Bills After a Plane Crash?

In the wake of a plane crash, survivors and their families are often just thankful to be alive. However, in the weeks and months to come, the reality of what happened will set in, especially if crash survivors suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the incident.

In the following video, aviation accident attorney Curtis Miner explains whether airlines pay for the medical expenses of passengers who were involved in crashes while on their planes.