Thousands of small plane flights happen every week across the country, and there are probably more flights taken by propeller aircraft than by passenger jets around the world. Although there are many advantages to smaller aircraft, they may be more prone to weather events and other risks.
Commercial airline accidents are very rare, making large jet airplanes one of the safest ways of crossing great distances. The engineering and maintenance involved in keeping a fleet of jumbo jets in the sky helps encourage the quality control that makes air travel possible.
Flight has been in the dreams of humans since time immemorial. Now, we take for granted our ability to jet off to any destination in the world, no matter how distant. In the early 20th century, many aviation pioneers died to make that possible. But people can still be injured or killed while aspiring for flight.
New York residents may have heard that around 4:30 p.m. on March 3, a Piper PA-46 crashed in a wooded area west of Watkinsville, Georgia, around 16 miles southwest of Athens. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office said in a news conference later that night that three people were killed in the crash.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an airplane accident that occurred on Feb. 22 claimed the lives of two men, who were the sole occupants of the plane. New Yorkers may have heard about the accident, which took place shortly after 9 a.m. when the plane began its flight at Dillingham Airfield located on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii.
Those in New York who fly in private airplanes may be interested to learn of a recent crash in Hawaii. A single-engine plane crashed in late February, killing two people. The plane crashed in the morning at Dillingham Airfield, an airport located northwest of Honolulu.
When people in New York fly on small planes, they may look for fun, adventure or simple convenience. Unfortunately, however, in the case of a small aviation aircraft crash, victims may deal with costly expenses as a result. On Feb. 8, 2020, one small jet crashed 50 miles north of Atlanta, where wreckage was found in a wooded area far away from any major road or town. Local officials confirmed that four people died as a result of the plane crash and that deputies did not expect to recover survivors when they located the crash site.
New York residents should know that 2019 has been a bad year for aviation accidents, especially in Alaska. There were 85 accidents total in that state. Sixteen involved small aircraft that fall under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, such as air taxis and small commuters, and two involved Part 121 flights, or scheduled air carriers.
New York residents who have flown in small planes may have read about an airplane crash that occurred in northern California. Two people died and one individual was injured as a result of the January incident.
Small plane crashes can be devastating to people in New York and across the country who lose loved ones when a general aviation flight goes down. While private flights can be convenient and entertaining, some may be concerned about whether small general aviation airplanes are maintained as regularly as those operated by large commercial carriers. One serious small plane accident in Billings, Montana, took the lives of four people on Jan. 12, 2020. The small plane, a one-engine Cessna 182, crashed on Dunn Mountain between Billings and Roundup.