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William “Skipper” Beck, co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise, tragically died on a plane accident. The single-engine plane Skipper was piloting crashed at the Rock Hill York County Airport after taking off, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Beck was the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22 plane. After take off, the plane quickly returned to the airport and crashed as it tried to land.

"Skipper loved basketball and was instrumental in bringing the Bobcats to Charlotte. As an owner, he was without question the Bobcats greatest fan. We will miss him at courtside," said Bob Johnson, majority owner of the Cats.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Skipper’s friends and family.

As an injury lawyer who works for a firm that’s represented people seriously injured in plane accidents and as a licensed pilot, I understand the terrible ramifications of these types of incidences.

There were 596 “general aviation” accidents in 2008, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Fortunately, that number appears to be decreasing in 2009, but as indicated by the tragic news above, terrible accidents still occur that take people from us far too soon.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our injury attorneys host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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