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Are private planes more dangerous than commercial planes?

There are often reports in the New York news about small or private plane crashes. It seems they happen often. At the same time, commercial plane accidents do not seem to happen often. From this alone, you could easily surmise that small planes are more dangerous than commercial planes, and you would be correct. Looking deeper into it, though, reveals some concerning facts.

Quartz at Work notes 2017 was the safest year for commercial flights. Private plane flights, however, did not enjoy such accolades. In fact, in the final minutes of 2017, two small plane crashes killed 10 people. For the whole year of 2017, only two commercial flight accidents resulted in deaths. 

The last major plane crash of a U.S. flight was in 2009 when 49 people perished. In the 12 month period from September 2016 to September 2017, small and private plane crashes resulted in 347 lives lost. 

You may wonder why people even fly on a small plane. Typically, they are used by celebrities, business people or others who want privacy and the ability to fly on their own schedule. Flying commercial offers no privacy and you are at the mercy of the airlines. Small planes give you the chance to fly when you want to where you want. 

The reality is there is a trade-off for the perks of flying in a private plane. You risk your safety at a much higher level. The facts and figures do not lie. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be taken as legal advice. 

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