Douglas DC-4 Plane Crash in Fairbanks, Alaska

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Aviation Accident, Wrongful Death

There was a small plane crash in Fairbanks, Alaska on April 23, 2024.  The plane, a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, crashed onto the bank of the Tanana River shortly after takeoff from the Fairbanks International Airport.  Two people were on board at the time.  Additional details have not yet been released.

Several factors can contribute to a multi-engine plane crashing shortly after takeoff, a critical phase of flight where aircraft are particularly vulnerable. Mechanical failure is one of the primary causes. Issues such as engine malfunction or failure can dramatically affect the aircraft’s ability to gain or maintain altitude. Even in multi-engine planes, the failure of one engine can lead to asymmetric thrust, causing the aircraft to veer off course or become difficult to control. Additionally, structural failures or problems with critical systems like hydraulics or electrical components can swiftly lead to a catastrophic situation, especially if not immediately noticed or properly handled by the flight crew.

Environmental conditions also play a critical role in flight safety during takeoff. Adverse weather conditions such as strong crosswinds, icing, or heavy rain can severely impact performance and aerodynamic efficiency. Wind shear, a sudden change in wind speed and/or direction, can be particularly dangerous during takeoff, as it can cause rapid changes in lift and airspeed, making the aircraft difficult to control. Additionally, birds striking the engine(s) during takeoff can lead to engine failure and loss of power. Pilots must be adept at assessing and responding to these conditions, and sometimes, despite all preparations, severe environmental challenges can overwhelm even the most experienced crews.

There have been a number of recent plane crashes in 2024.  A Piper PA-32 crashed in Claxton, Tennessee on April 12, 2024.  A Gulfstream AC95 crashed in San Bernardino, California on April 13, 2024.  A Cessna 150 crashed in Sussex County, New Jersey on April 16, 2024.  A Piper PA-32 crashed in a field after experiencing engine problems while taking off in Denton, Texas on April 17, 2024.  A Lancair Legacy FG crashed at the Spicewood Airport in Spicewood, Texas on April 22, 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 to learn more about your legal rights.