Residents of New York may have heard that the National Transportation Safety Board discovered that the rate of fatal airplane crashes is higher in Alaska than the nationwide average. According to the NTSB's preliminary report for the calendar year of 2019, there have been 10 fatal airplane crashes. This isn't including the fatal crash at Unalaska Airport that occurred on Oct. 17, 2019, because there is no federal report for it yet.
New York residents should know that a small aircraft approaching Raleigh-Durham International Airport crashed near a creek in Umstead State Park on Oct. 27. The plane had disappeared on the radar that day at approximately 7:25 p.m., according to FAA air traffic control. This led to a search-and-rescue effort in the state park and the temporary closing of the airport runway.
New York residents will be saddened to hear about a twin-engine Peninsula Airways flight that crashed just off the runway at Alaska's Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Airport, killing one passenger. This was the first passenger death on a U.S. commercial flight in over a year.
On October 2, 2019, an old bomber plane crashed near Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven and injuring six. The plane, a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, was built in 1944 and designed to withstand battle damage. However, as New York residents can guess, the plane is not so safe for transporting passengers as it is not up to modern airplane safety standards.
For many aviation enthusiasts across New York and the nation, traveling in small, World War II-era planes and other aircraft is a dream come true, but a recent deadly Connecticut crash is calling into question the safety of these historic aircraft. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that safety protocols were far different back in the 1940s than they are today, and we also recognize that traveling in these historic aircraft can bring with it considerable risk.
As previous posts in this blog have discussed, small plane crashes are more common than commercial airplane accidents. This is often due to pilots with less experience or the difficulty in keeping a smaller craft under control in adverse weather or mechanical emergency situations. Those in New York with a taste for adventure and thrill-seeking may want to consider the potential risks of such recreational aviation activities as paragliding.
As the pilot of a small plane who uses airspace in or around New York, you will fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We at Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, are here to explain what the purpose of this association is, and what their Office of Investigations does.
If you own and/or operate a plane in New York or anywhere else in the nation, the Federal Aviation Administration requires that that plane must be "in an airworthy condition." But what does airworthiness mean?
As a pilot living in New York, you may own or fly small airplanes either as a hobby, for practice, or even for transport. Unfortunately, the litigation surrounding small planes can be complex if you get into a crash in one. Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, is here to talk about why insurance and laws can get so complex with private aircrafts.
On a recent Saturday morning, a small plane reportedly took off from Long Island MacArthur Airport. The only passengers aboard were two people and one dog. Not long after, the plane went down in the vicinity of Mattituck, New York, near the amusement area known as Harbes Family Farm. The fiery crash that resulted killed the two human passengers. Only the dog survived.