Small plane crashes frequently make headlines across New York, and if you have ever been a passenger in one, you may have had your reservations before taking to the skies. The majority of modern plane crashes involve small, private aircraft, as opposed to larger commercial planes, and when small planes crash, the repercussions are often catastrophic.
According to the Washington Post, riding in a small, private plane poses more substantial risks than travelling in a large commercial aircraft, and there are several reasons this is the case. Part of the risk comes from the fact that many smaller planes take off and land at small airports, many of which may not have paved runways and other features designed to enhance passenger and pilot safety. Part of the increased risk also likely stems from the fact that many of the people who pilot small, private planes are hobbyists and amateur pilots, rather than professional ones, meaning pilots manning these aircraft have less experience and are therefore less likely to know what to do in an emergency.
Other factors, too, make small planes more likely to crash than larger ones. While pilot errors cause many small plane crashes, some of which occur when pilots are unable to see obstructions blocking their paths until it is too late, defective aircraft components are also a common factor in many crashes. Additionally, some believe that aircraft design defects are sometimes truly to blame in crashes blamed on pilot error, but that manufacturers attempt to cover up such defects by shifting blame onto pilots. Bad landings are also to blame for many non-fatal small plane accidents, and they are increasingly common when pilots lack experience, or when inclement weather conditions exist.
This information about common causes of small plane accidents is educational in nature and not a replacement for legal advice.