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Two People Injured When Airplane Crashes in Suffolk

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Eric Musial and his flight instructor, Amy Sipala, were injured when their single-engine airplane crashed in the Great Dismal Swap area of Suffolk, Virginia (VA). Mr. Musial was learning how to operate the CZAW Sports Cruiser plane when the aircraft stalled, descended into a slow spin and crashed, according to wirednewsengine.com.

There are many questions that need to be answered regarding this aviation accident. The most glaring is – what exactly caused the plane to stall? Another good question is – what type of weather conditions were they flying in? Virginia recently endured a prolonged snow storm and the temperatures remain low. Operating a plane in those conditions is not exactly ideal. As a licensed pilot, I’ve flown small planes in difficult conditions and would not do it again if I can avoid it.

Unfortunately, these types of airplane wrecks are not uncommon. It was recently revealed that over 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital for aviation-related injuries and over 750 aviation-deaths occur each year, according to sciencedaily.com. Roughly 32 percent of those airplane accident injuries were in “non-commercial powered aircrafts.” The airplane Mr. Musial and Mrs. Sipala were flying in would fall under this category.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.