Tyler Foster Dies in Cooke County, TX, Plane Accident
Cooke County, TX -- January 12, 2017, Tyler Foster was killed as the result of an accident where his personal aircraft went down in a field.
Cooke County authorities rushed to the accident scene in a field near the intersection of FM 51 and County Road 325. The crash happened in evening hours.
Reports say that 28-year-old Foster took off from a nearby airstrip in a Skybolt personal aircraft. For reasons that are currently unclear, the plane lost control and went down in a nearby field.
Authorities rushed to the scene to render aid, but the aircraft sustained serious damage, and Foster's injuries were fatal. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this time, it is not known what caused the plan to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the accident.
No further information is currently available.
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In an accident like this, the crucial element here is to ensure investigations are very thorough. If a plane just suddenly goes down like this, chances are there was some sort of mechanical defect that caused it. Whenever that's the case, the issue becomes whether it was poor maintenance/botched repair work or a defect with one of the parts. If the latter is the case, then this is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
Just like cars and commercial trucks, mechanical failure could suggest that a crucial part of the engine has a defect. If this is the case, then the implication would be that the problem could affect others who have the same vehicle. Take for instance the issue that GM had in recent years with their ignition switches. A particular car model could sometimes experience a failure where the engine would switch itself off mid-drive, leaving drivers without power steering, braking systems, and even airbags. Investigations linked this issue to at least 100 deaths over the years.
When an accident is caused by mechanical failure, there is always the possibility that a fundamental defect caused it. Like I said earlier, it could also be that the engine was poorly maintained, that a repair job messed something up, or even that it was just a freak accident. Engines are complicated pieces of machinery, and sometimes they breakdown. It happens all the time, and sometimes it really can't be predicted. However, after any accident like this one, investigations must be extensive in order to ensure no one else can experience the same issue. The responsible thing to do is find out if some third party is responsible for the incident. If that entity allowed a tragedy like this to occur through negligent or irresponsible actions, then they need to be held accountable.
--Grossman Law Offices