An airplane crashed and burned at an air strip in Arcola earlier this week. A flight instructor was killed, and a student was critically injured. The crash happened at the Houston Southwest Airport in Fort Bend County.
The small plane, which was a Tecnam P92 Echo Super, had just taken off when something went wrong. The pilot was unable to land safely. He hit one airplane before landing on top of another one. Two of the planes caught fire after the crash.
The flight instructor had thousands of hours of flying time and was passionate about flying. The injured student was rushed by Life Flight to the hospital with severe burns. The student was able to crawl out of the burning airplane, and is expected to live. He had just begun flying lessons earlier in the month when the crash occurred.
According to the injured student, the airplane caught a very strong crosswind after takeoff. The airplane did not have enough thrust to climb, and the nose of the plane went down. Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to begin an investigation into the accident shortly.
In most cases, airplanes are an extremely safe method of travel. When an accident does occur, however, the results are normally catastrophic. For those injured in an airplane crash, help is available. You may have the right to compensation after the accident, including for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit our Facebook page to learn more about your legal rights.