Single-engine plane crash in Liberty Co. kills 2

A single-engine plane crash has killed two men in Liberty County on Saturday evening.

The men have been identified by authorities as 26-year-old Patrick Joseph Falterman, from Cleveland, Texas and 25-year-old Zach Esters, who was visiting Falterman from Louisiana.

Witnesses report the plane was flying low before it went nose first into the river about a quarter-mile from Highway 105, just before 7 p.m. They say the airplane was attempting stunts and that the engine stalled when trying a backward loop.

When first responders arrived, they found the plane submerged approximately 8 to 10 feet deep in the water, authorities report.

The area where the crash occurred is a popular place for family outings. At the time of the crash it is estimated that there were 100 people or more at swimming in the river, many of whom witnessed the incident.

The FAA is conducting an investigation on the crash.

Plane crash causes

Small plane accidents can often be fatal for the occupants within them, no matter how experienced the pilot. While the maintenance of a plane and the expertise of pilots is an imperative factor in the safety of plane occupants, the maintenance of a plane is equally important. The upkeep owners and companies place into a plane can help protect occupants or leave them vulnerable to serious injuries and death.

Plane crashes and lawsuits

In the event a plane crash is caused by a mechanical issue, sometimes it takes investigation to find who is at fault. Many parties are involved with the manufacturing and maintaining of planes. The investigations and legal issues can be complicated, making it best to contact an experienced plane crash attorney. At The Carlson Law Firm, we have a team of attorneys experienced in cases similar to this one and have the resources to gain justice for the powerless victims that lost their lives.


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