Daher TBM 700 Plane Crash in Truckee, California

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Aviation Accident, Wrongful Death

There was a small plane crash in Truckee, California on March 30, 2024.  The plane, a single-engine Daher TBM 700, crashed while two miles from the Truckee Tahoe Airport.  There was a snow storm in the area at the time of the crash.  Two people were killed in the crash.

Operating small planes in a snowstorm presents significant risks, challenging even the most experienced pilots. The reduced visibility is one of the primary concerns, as snow can obscure pilots’ view of terrain, other aircraft, and critical navigational markers. This limited visibility forces pilots to rely more heavily on instruments, increasing the mental load and leaving less room for error. Snowstorms often bring with them turbulent conditions and erratic winds, further complicating navigation and aircraft control. The combination of poor visibility and unpredictable weather patterns inherent in snowstorms demands a high level of skill and concentration from pilots to maintain safe flight paths and avoid disorientation, a common precursor to accidents in adverse weather conditions.

Another major risk associated with flying small planes in snowstorms is icing. Accumulation of ice on the aircraft’s wings, propellers, and control surfaces can alter the aerodynamics of the plane, significantly reducing lift and increasing drag. This can lead to a loss of control, making it difficult to maintain altitude or even resulting in a stall. De-icing equipment is not always available or as effective on smaller aircraft compared to larger commercial planes, making them more vulnerable to the impacts of icing. Pilots must be vigilant in monitoring ice accumulation and prepared to take corrective action, such as changing altitude or route to warmer temperatures, to mitigate this risk.

Furthermore, snowstorms can severely impact the operational aspects of flight, including takeoff and landing. Snow-covered runways reduce friction, making it more challenging to achieve the necessary speed for takeoff or to brake effectively upon landing. This can lead to runway overshoots or difficulties in controlling the aircraft during ground operations. Airport services such as snow removal may be delayed or unable to keep up with heavy snowfall, further complicating takeoff and landing procedures. The combination of these factors makes operating small planes in snowstorms a daunting task that requires thorough pre-flight planning, constant situational awareness, and a readiness to divert or postpone the flight if conditions deteriorate beyond safe operational thresholds.

There have been a number of recent plane crashes in 2024.  A Piper Saratoga crashed in Madras, Oregon on March 10, 2024 after striking a wire on a set of power lines.  A Cirrus SR22 lost engine power and crashed in Mendocino County, California on March 8, 2024.  A Cessna 170A crashed in Chesapeake, Virginia on March 21, 2024.  A Piper Cherokee crashed near Acton, California on March 22, 2024.  A Mooney M20 crashed in St. Augustine on March 25, 2024 after a door came open during takeoff.  A Cessna Citation II jet crashed into a fence at the Tullahoma Regional Airport on March 25, 2024.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and New York.  We have handled numerous cases involving the failure of necessary equipment on a plane or helicopter in both federal and state court across the country.  When it comes to aviation, safety must come first.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in plane and helicopter crash litigation and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured in a plane or helicopter crash.  The experienced aviation attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of a crash. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.