The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covered the story in a January 1, 2020 article, stating that a federal investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived to assist local authorities. What officials do know is that the aircraft crashed right after taking off, clipping treetops beyond the airport runway before it nosedived to the ground.
As such, officials will not have access to electronic flight data recorder information, including altitude, position, speed, and pilot conversations. An NTSB spokesperson said that the scenario is common for smaller planes, and that some details may be recoverable through cellphones, tablets, GPS units, and other portable devices. It did not appear that wind, fog, rain, or other weather conditions were a factor.
“Most of the time, human error is to blame. It’s easy to point the finger at the pilot, and it’s true that the operator’s conduct is often a factor. But there may be other negligent parties involved, and their actions could be a cause – even when they’re not on board the aircraft.” Mr. Smith pointed out a few examples, such as:
“Though it’s not the case here, when a plane owned by or operated through another entity, aviation accident victims may be able to pursue the individual or company. There’s a legal concept called respondeat superior, which holds the principal accountable for an agent’s negligence.”
The doctrine states that when the agent is performing tasks at the direction of the principal, it’s possible to see monetary damages from the principal. It is frequently applied when accidents stem from an employer-employee relationship.
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