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“Titanic” composer James Horner dies in plane accident

The Academy Award-winning composer of “Titanic,” James Horner, fell victim to a fatal plane accident in Southern California. He was operating the vehicle north of Santa Barbara when the S312 Tucano MK1 crashed due to unknown circumstances. The statement from Horner’s agency described him as “an avid and experienced pilot.”

The Federal Aviation Administration located the plane near Los Padres National Forest. Horner was declared missing Monday June 22 and presumed dead. This was later confirmed by his assistant. Reports indicate the aircraft’s impact caused an explosion, catching the plane and surrounding vegetation on fire.

Single engine planes are known for their high accident rates and fatality rates. Due to the nature and size of plane, single engine plane accidents have a fatality rate 19 times as high as car accidents. Investigators hope to determine the cause of the accident soon.

James Horner is also known for his composition for “Braveheart,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Avatar,” “Apollo 13,” “Field of Dreams,” and “Aliens.” His extensive career leaves behind a grand legacy and wealth of music for fans to enjoy for decades to come. The heartfelt condolences of Ritter & Associates are sent to the friends and family of James Horney. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.


Families sue Boeing for San Francisco airport crash

Three families from the San Francisco Bay area – including a crash survivor – filed a lawsuit on Thursday, August 8 against Asiana Airlines regarding Flight 214’s tragic crash landing at the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, which killed three of the flight’s passengers.

The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers of the Boeing 777 were not able to provide quality training to the South Korean pilots, although it does not directly specify that Boeing trained the pilots of Flight 214.

The families suing Boeing are of the opinion that Boeing should have had a “low airspeed” voice warning feature for the 777 pilots as preventive measure, especially after the accident involving a Boeing 737 in Amsterdam in 2009.

At Ritter & Associates, our lawyers help victims and their families in San Diego hold manufacturers and other negligent parties responsible for the repercussions their negligence causes. Call us at 619-296-0123 to learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit if another party has caused you or a loved one to be unduly harmed.


Helicopter collision injuries six in Pasadena

Six people were hurt Saturday afternoon when two Pasadena Police helicopters collided with one another on a helipad. Authorities believe that one helicopter was landing and the other was preparing for take off when the accident occurred, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

All involved suffered minor injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. The injured included the two pilots, their observers, and two police officers on the ground. The helicopters sustained major body damage, with one aircraft left with a crumpled tail and broken blades and the other also losing blades. Officers say the landing helicopter had just completed routine patrol and the helicopter about to leave was assigned to cover traffic following the UCLA-USC football game at the Rose Bowl.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident. The weather, which was cloudy and drizzly when the crash occurred, may have been a factor.

While air travel has statistically shown to be more safe than traveling by car, several aviation accidents still occur each year. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the pilot, airline, or its staff did not act recklessly or negligently. If you have been injured in an aviation accident, a lawsuit against the guilty party could help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.


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