Marc David Pankin Fatal and One Pilot in Critical Condition in San Rafael Plane Crash
San Rafael, CA (July 10, 2023) – Marc David Pankin (59) sustained fatal injuries from a San Rafael plane crash at the Smith Ranch Airport. A pilot also sustained severe injuries from the accident. According to NBC Bay Area, the accident occurred around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Marc David Pankin sustained fatal injuries from a San Rafael plane crash at the Smith Ranch Airport. The pilot, Kirk Harford, is also in critical condition due to the accident.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal San Rafael plane crash involving a single-engine Cessna 172 at the Smith Ranch Airport, leaving one occupant dead and a pilot severely injured.
The authorities identified the fatal victim as 59-year-old Marc David Pankin of Novato and the severely injured pilot as 73-year-old Kirk Harford of San Rafael.
According to the San Rafael Fire Department, the victims were returning from Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada for business when their plane’s tail fin collided with power lines and landed in a swamp near the runway’s eastern end.
Unfortunately, the power lines wrapped around the plane, making it challenging for paramedics to reach the victims.
The firefighters were able to extricate the victims from the plane. However, Pankin succumbed to his injuries while Harford was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with significant injuries.
Meanwhile, the plane accident caused a power outage for nearly 2,000 PG&E customers.
Moreover, The Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Division, and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this San Rafael plane crash.
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In this case, the family members of Marc David Pankin in this San Rafael plane crash can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
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Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of the victims.
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