If you live in New York, the thought of flying in a small plane may either excite you or terrify you. Although flying is a fear for some people, the chances of being in an accident is much greater with small aircraft than with large commercial jets. The following discusses the problem and some of the common causes of accidents.
According to Live Science, accidents on corporate jets are down but there has been a 20% increase in personal aircraft accidents over the last decade and there has been a 25% increase in fatalities. Most of the private plane accidents occur due to a loss of control. While this is a general category, some examples of this include stalling and spinning out of control or flying in bad weather conditions and not being able to see.
Private aircraft also do not have the safety features and extra equipment that commercial planes do, making it riskier in general to fly. Training and proficiency test requirements are also minimal for private pilots.
The Washington Post reports that small plane pilots do not need as many flight hours as commercial pilots to earn their flying certification, and when pilots do not fly for a living they have less experience dealing with certain situations. Small airports sometimes do not have paved landing strips, which makes landings more challenging. The Post also reports that running out of fuel results in around two crashes a week. Small planes are also more subject to receive damage from wildlife strikes such as by geese, deer and vultures.