Pilot Killed in Fiery Cessna Plane Crash on North Sutter Avenue
Pacoima, CA (November 12, 2020) – On Thursday, a pilot died in a fiery Cessna small plane crash on North Sutter Avenue.
The crash took place at about 11:50 a.m. in the 10600 block area.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was about to approach Runway 12 at Whiteman Airport.
In audio from the control tower, the pilot calmly mentioned he was having engine problems minutes before the plane crashed feet away from a home.
Further, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the crash brought down a number of electrical wires. It also caught several vehicles on fire and damaged at least one home.
Luckily, nobody on the ground sustained injuries. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading.
The Pain of Untimely and Wrongful Death
Jasmine Hernandez was driving toward that same street when her car battery died seconds before the plane crash. She considered it an act of God.
“I saw a whole bunch of kids running, screaming and they didn’t know what to do,” she said.
Moreover, the aviation records confirmed Civil Air Patrol owns the plane. It is a volunteer organization that helps with emergency services, which includes search and rescue and disaster relief operations.
Also, on Thursday evening, the Civil Air Patrol confirmed the pilot was one of their own and was on a flight from Bakersfield.
The authorities did not release his name at the request of the family.
City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez called for the airport to be shut down. She issued a statement on Saturday night.
“Today’s accident is a reminder of the public safety threat that Whiteman Airport has long posed to the community of Pacoima; a community that derives no value from [its] operation, but is subject to all the negative impacts,” she said. “As the County evaluates efforts to invest resources with greater equity, I’m calling for the closure and redevelopment of the Whiteman Airport to bring much-needed housing, jobs, and economic opportunities to the region.”
Meanwhile, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were conducting an investigation to identify the cause of the crash.
We at Sweet Lawyers would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
What Families Can Do after Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Plane Crash
In the case of the plane crash on North Sutter Avenue, the family of the victim must become aware of their rights under the law. This means that there may be a right to file a lawsuit against the person, person’s or company responsible for the loss of their loved one.
Having legal representation after such a traumatic event will provide your family with the space to heal. At the same time, ensuring that justice is brought to your loved one.
“Our firm works tirelessly to ensure that the people we work for are granted the highest restitution possible. Although nothing can bring back those dearly departed, we strive to secure the future of our clients, protecting them from further losses,” explains Mark Sweet of Sweet Lawyers.
We understand that the aftermath of losing a loved one can be extremely confusing and traumatizing. However, our office has devoted many hours to provide the best representation to our clients, making sure that bereaved families will get what they rightfully deserve. Therefore, if you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to contact the Sweet Lawyers today. We offer free and confidential consultations. Please call us at (800) 674 7852.