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Texas Plane Crash Claims Two Lives

Two unidentified victims died after a small private aircraft went down in Gillespie County. The accident occurred around 1:25 Thursday afternoon and, although emergency crews responded quickly and reported the site "under control" within an hour, they were too late to save any of the passengers.

Authorities have not announced what caused the crash but one factor may involve the proximity of a nearby airport. The plane crashed about a mile east of Gillespie County Airport - and the concentrated air traffic around runways often plays a role in aviation accidents

One particularly dangerous problem is known as a "runway incursion." A runway incursion is anything that creates a risk of a collision with airplanes that are in the process of trying to take off or land. Some of the most common causes of runway incursions are pilot error, air traffic controller mistakes, and ground crew errors.

It is not clear whether this plane was a charter craft or if the passenger was an acquaintance of the pilot on a recreational or private flight. Regardless, the victims' family may have wrongful death claims against a number of parties. A more detailed investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration will likely establish more concrete facts about what went wrong and who might be to blame.

Source: My San Antonio, "Two dead in Gillespie plane crash," Ana Ley, May 9, 2013

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