Cessna 172S Plane Crash in Volusia County, Florida

by | May 29, 2024 | Aviation Accident, Personal Injury

There was a small plane crash in Volusia County, Florida on May 26, 2024.  According to reports, a single-engine Cessna 172S plane crashed while landing at the Pierson Municipal Airport.  The plane flipped onto its roof while attempting to land.  The pilot is believed to have sustained injuries in the crash.

Strong crosswinds present a significant hazard that can cause a small plane to flip during landing. Crosswinds can push the aircraft off course and create uneven pressure on the wings, leading to a tilt or a sudden swerve. If the pilot cannot correct for the crosswind effectively, one wing might lift while the other dips, potentially causing the plane to flip. Pilots must be skilled in crosswind landing techniques, which involve aligning the aircraft with the runway while counteracting the wind’s force using a combination of rudder and aileron controls.

Mechanical failures, particularly in the landing gear, can also contribute to a small plane flipping over while landing. Issues such as a stuck or partially deployed landing gear, weak or malfunctioning brakes, or a tire blowout can destabilize the aircraft during touchdown. If the landing gear collapses or fails to function correctly upon landing, the aircraft may skid uncontrollably, leading to a flip. Regular maintenance and thorough pre-flight inspections are essential to identify and rectify potential mechanical issues before flight.

Environmental factors such as wet or icy runways can further exacerbate the risk of a plane flipping during landing. Slippery surfaces reduce the friction between the tires and the runway, making it harder for the plane to decelerate and maintain stability. Upon landing, if the plane begins to skid due to a lack of traction, it can veer off course, potentially leading to a flip, especially if it encounters uneven terrain or obstacles. Pilots must be aware of runway conditions and adjust their landing approach accordingly, sometimes opting to delay the landing until conditions improve.

There have been a number of recent plane accidents in 2024.  A Piper Cherokee crashed in Hot Springs, Arkansas on May 15, 2024.  A Piper PA-18 crashed near Forsyth, Montana on May 14, 2024.  A Cessna 150L crashed in Godley, Texas on May 15, 2024.  An Extra Flugzeugbau 300/L plane crashed near North Bend, Washington on May 19, 2024.  A Cirrus SF50 crashed while taxiing at Hooks Airport in Harris County, Texas on May 21, 2024.  Singapore Airlines flight SQ 321 experienced severe turbulence on May 21, 2024.  A Piper PA-28 plane crashed shortly after taking-off from Gray’s Creek Airport in Cumberland County, North Carolina on May 26, 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.