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Gainesville — Flight Instructor, Student Killed in Fiery Aviation Accident on Municipal Airport

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Williams Hart    

Just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019, two people were killed in a fiery aviation accident that occurred in Gainesville, Texas.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Piper PA-34 went down while preparing to land at the municipal airport in Gainesville, located in the 2300 block of Airport Drive. It crashed about 440 yards from a runway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports that the Chinese student pilot, 22-year-old Yu Qiu, was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, her 25-year-old instructor Francesca Norris later died at a hospital.

It’s unclear who was in control when the plane went down. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Aviation accidents are not as common as the other kinds of vehicular accidents, but it should be noted that though that is the case, airplane and helicopter crashes are significantly a lot more dangerous and devastating when they do happen. This is simply because of the extreme heights and speeds that are involved with them. Serious physical injuries and emotional and psychological damage are the expected outcomes of an aviation accident.

Some of the common causes of aviation accidents are air traffic controller error, negligence by the airline, airplane or helicopter pilot error, pilot intoxication, and helicopter or airplane defects and malfunction.

Aside from the devastating nature of aviation accidents, cases involving them are substantially complex, and as a result, a trusted attorney is needed to help the victim and their family. So, if you are a victim of an aviation accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Aviation accident lawyers are more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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