Two Killed in Northern California Plane Crash

Van RV-10 plane

Two people were killed in a plane crash on May 6 after their single-engine plane went down northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

According to news reports, the victims have been identified as Jennifer Fox, 52, who was the passenger, and Michael B. Briare, 57, who was flying the plane. Both were from Sacramento. Officials say the experimental single-engine Vans RV-10, which could be assembled at home from a kit, crashed on the ridgetop around noon.

Ongoing Investigation into Plane Crash

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), who are investigating this plane crash, say the plane took off from Sacramento, but its destination is unknown. An emergency beacon helped first responders locate the wreckage. The area was blanketed by heavy fog at the time of the crash.

Investigators say there are not sure if the weather was a factor in the plane crash but confirmed that the pilot was using VFR or visual flight rules to navigate. Typically, pilots use instrument flight rules or IFR in bad weather, officials said. Investigators said it could be months before the cause of the crash is determined.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Fox and Briare for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. They will be in our prayers.

Unanswered Questions

In the aftermath of such a tragedy, there are always several unanswered questions, some of which (and the most important of which) may not be answered for several months. In such cases, there are several important questions to ask. Did weather play a part in the crash? Who assembled the plane? Did a defective part in the airplane cause or contribute to this plane crash? Did a faulty system or component contribute to a mechanical failure or malfunction? How experienced was the plane’s pilot? We trust investigators are looking into these and other questions.

If a product defect or negligence played a part in an incident, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the victims’ wrongful deaths. In addition to receiving grief counseling during such a trying time, it is also crucial that families of deceased victims in such cases seek the counsel of an experienced San Francisco aviation accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected every step of the way.


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