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Who is responsible for preventing midair collisions?

On Sunday afternoon, July, 6, 2020, a de Havilland Beaver and Cessna 206 crashed into each other above Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is believed that eight people on board the aircraft have died. Witnesses described the two aircraft striking each other at a low altitude, approximately 200 feet, over the water. Both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the accident. Attorneys at Krutch Lindell have litigated midair collision cases before. On of the first questions we are often asked is the following: “who has the responsibility to keep these aircraft from hitting each other?” In aviation terms, we call this “maintaining

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