Plane Crash in York County Leaves One Dead


Piper PA28, 180 Cherokee

A 56-year-old Maryland man was killed on Sunday afternoon when his plane crash in York County.  The man was identified as Douglas Helms of Westminster, Maryland was piloting his small plane when it crashed in a cornfield near York Airport. 

The plane was identified as a Piper PA-28, 180 Cherokee.  Piper aircraft manufactures a wide-range of small aircraft for various training and personal uses, among them this model as one of its more popular planes. 

The cause of this crash has not yet been determined and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NTSB are on the scene gathering evidence and conducting their investigation which will most likely not be released for several months.  This happens to be the second crash in less than a month near the York Airport.

For more than 30 years, the Franecke Law Group has been representing victims and families of aviation disasters throughout the United States.  Founder and Lead Attorney Louis S. Franecke, Esq. is a pilot and engineer that has spent his entire legal career in the field of aviation.  For a free legal consultation, please call 888.457.7040

There are many steps to take immediately after a plane crash such as the one above to preserve and gather evidence, secure witness and key statements and conduct an immediate independent investigation.  Don’t delay, call now.


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