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2 killed in plane accident in Hayden…  

Yesterday, two people were killed in a plane accident in Hayden. The Cessna 414 plane went down just short of its runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. According to officials, the plane left from the Corpus Christi International Airport on Sunday morning and made a stop in Dalhart, Texas, before flying to its destination in Colorado. The airplane landed upright in the accident and did not catch on fire. Four people were injured, but were reported to have been conscious after the airplane accident. The injured were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Two people were pronounced dead in the accident. Officials are currently unsure of what caused the plane to crash, but suspect mechanical problems or visibility problems could have played a role. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and friends after this tragic accident.

Investigations into Silverton plane accident delay…  

Earlier this month, 4 people were killed in a tragic airplane accident near Silverton, Colorado.  The accident occurred on Saturday, December 3 when the passengers were flying from Durango to Aspen to attend a Christmas party. The plane involved in the accident was a small, single-engine Socota TB-21.  The accident occurred while it was snowing and the temperature was approximately 22 degrees below zero. The site of the accident is at a height of about 11,000 feet above sea level.  Debris from the plane was distributed over a 1 1/4 mile area in the accident. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say they have delayed the debris recovery portion of their investigations until some of the snow in the area melts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and friends.

Pilot caught flying intoxicated, sentenced to 6 mo…  

A pilot who was caught flying a United Express plane under the influence of alcohol was recently sentenced to 6 months in prison. The 33-year old pilot was operating a plane with another pilot on a flight from Austin, Texas to Denver, Colorado in December 2009 when the other pilot smelled alcohol in the cockpit. The flight landed safely at Denver International Airport, but the other pilot became increasingly suspicious that his co-pilot had been drinking.  Investigations revealed that the pilot had been at a bar and purchased alcohol from a gas station before the flight.  Blood-alcohol tests revealed the pilot had a blood-alcohol concentration of .084 percent. A news release concerning the pilot stated, "The FAA prohibits an individual from acting as a crew member of a civil aircraft while impaired by alcohol, with a blood alcohol content of .04 percent, or within eight hours after the consumption of any alcohol beverage." Contact the Denver airplane accident attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 today, if you or someone you love has been injured in a plane accident caused by another party's negligence.

Study says flight automation increases pilot error…  

A study conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration suggests that as more planes operate with flight automation, more and more pilots are losing their ability to fly planes without the aid of automated systems. "We're seeing a new breed of accident with these state-of-the-art planes.  We're forgetting how to fly," says the co-chair of an FAA committee on pilot training. According to the International Air Transport Association, "loss of control" is the most common cause of airplane crashes.  Most often, these accidents occur when a pilot is unable to manually control the plane. The study warns that opportunities for pilots to train in manually operating an aircraft without an automated system are decreasing.  Furthermore, today, many regulators and airlines advise pilots not to operate planes manually and to never turn off the automated system. If you or someone you love has been injured in an airplane crash, contact the Denver airplane accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our experienced injury attorneys.

21 passengers in airplane accident at DIA file sui…  

A federal lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado by 21 passengers that were on a flight that crashed during takeoff at Denver International Airport.  The accident occurred in December 2008 when Continental Flight 1404 skidded off the runway. The flight was carrying 110 passengers and 5 crew members.  No one was killed in the accident but several people were injured.  According to court documents, the 21 passengers involved in the lawsuit suffered "physical assault, acceleration and deceleration, rolling, pitching, yawing, bumps, lifting off, crashing down, impact with the aircraft and its interior" and emotional distress. The passengers claim that air traffic controllers and the Federal Aviation Administration are to blame for the accident for understating wind speed and allowing the plane to take off in violation of FAA regulations.  The air traffic controllers are accused of not providing "key, available" information on winds to the flight's pilot and other crew. If you were injured in an airplane accident, contact the Denver airplane accident attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to discuss your case with an experienced injury lawyer.

Air traffic controller caught drunk on the job…  

Earlier this month, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration began investigating an air traffic controller that is suspected to have been drunk while on the job in Longmont, Colorado. A random blood alcohol content test taken by the air traffic controller revealed him to have a BAC that was .02 percent higher than is allowed.  The FAA says that they routinely take random BAC tests and that they had no reason to suspect the air traffic controller was drunk.  Air traffic controllers that test between a .02 percent and a .039 percent blood alcohol content are cited by the FAA and enter rehabilitation or counseling programs. The test was taken while the air traffic controller was on duty at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center, around 25 miles north of Denver. If you or someone you love has been injured in an airplane accident involving air traffic controller error, contact the Denver airplane accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to discuss your case with an experienced injury attorney.

Plane crash kills two Colorado men…  

A plane crash recently occurred in Wyoming that killed two Colorado businessmen. The plane was heading to Fort Collins before it crashed. The single-engine 1973 Bellanca 17 plane was piloted by a 55-year-old man. He was the co-owner of Pinedale Natural Gas. A 55-year-old man who worked for the company was also in the plane at the time of the accident and died during the crash. Reports indicate that these were the only two passengers of the plane. Officials have speculated that the crash may have been due to dangerous weather conditions in Wyoming, however, an official cause has not been released. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and families of the two men who died in this airplane accident.

Small plane crash occurs in Falcon…  

A small plane crash occurred at the Meadow Lake Airport in Falcon last week, luckily no serious injuries were sustained. The 72-year-old pilot was flying a 1978 Piper Tomahawk when he attempted to land it, but it flipped over and landed on its roof. The man was able to get out of the plane after it crashed and was standing next to it when emergency crews arrived at the scene. He was the only person in the plane during the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating the accident at this time. The airport is located off of U.S. Highway 24 and is the largest pilot-owned airport in Colorado. If you or a loved one has been injured in a airplane accident, contact the Denver airplane accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., by calling (303) 423-1770 today.
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