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.
Those in New York who fly private airplanes may be interested in a crash that occurred in the midwestern United States. Four people died as a result of the single-engine airplane crash 25 miles north of Billings, Montana in the Bull Mountains. The crash happened in the evening on Jan. 11, 2020.
Some people in New York might have heard about a plane crash in Louisiana that happened on December 28. Five people died in the crash of the Piper PA-31T, which took off from Lafayette Regional Airport and was on its way to Atlanta. One person survived the crash and is in critical condition. Three people on the ground were also injured. According to a National Transportation Safety Board official, the plane never sent a distress call.
New York residents should know that small airplane crashes lead to around 500 fatalities every year. One such crash occurred in San Antonio on the evening of Dec. 1 and killed all three people inside.
New York residents may have been saddened to hear about nine members of a family dying in a plane crash as they were returning from a hunting trip. Authorities say that those killed include the pilot, children and other family members. In addition to the individuals who lost their life, three members of the family were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.
New York readers might be concerned to learn that civil aviation deaths increased in 2018 according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Among the deaths was the first person to be killed on a commercial airliner in the United States in nine years.
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.