Piper PA-24 Plane Crash in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Aviation Accident, Personal Injury

There was a small plane crash in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island on March 30, 2024.  The plane, a single-engine Piper PA-24, crashed into the water 2,000 feet from the runway at Quonset State Airport.  Reports indicate the plane experienced engine problems prior to the crash.  Two people sustained injuries in the crash.

Engine failure in small planes is a critical concern, with fuel-related issues often at the forefront of potential causes. Fuel starvation, contamination, and the use of incorrect fuel types are primary factors that can lead to engine malfunction. Fuel starvation, resulting from blockages in the fuel lines or insufficient fuel levels, directly impacts engine performance. Similarly, contaminated fuel introduces harmful substances into the engine, disrupting its operation, while the wrong fuel type can damage internal components due to improper combustion. These scenarios highlight the necessity of rigorous pre-flight checks, consistent maintenance, and a comprehensive understanding of the aircraft’s fuel needs to avert engine failure.

Mechanical problems also play a significant role in engine failures in small aircraft, encompassing a range of issues from natural wear and tear to abrupt component breakdowns like a snapped crankshaft or faulty spark plugs. The gradual deterioration of engine parts, if not addressed through regular maintenance, can escalate into major malfunctions, risking engine failure mid-flight. Moreover, pushing the aircraft beyond its limits, such as overloading or excessive operation at peak capacity, can overburden the engine. For pilots and maintenance teams, maintaining a strict regimen of inspections and adherence to the aircraft’s operational guidelines is imperative in minimizing the risk of engine failure due to mechanical issues. These practices are essential for ensuring the longevity and reliability of small aircraft engines, safeguarding both pilot and passenger safety.

There have been a number of recent plane crashes in 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.  A Daher TBM 700 crashed in Truckee, California on March 30, 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.