As readers of this blog might remember, we recently wrote about the rarity of hot air balloon accidents in terms of fatal accidents. However, while accidents do happen from time to time involving these aircraft, it is rare that they cause severe injuries to their occupants.
Information can be hard to come by for people in the United States when they find out that a loved one has been involved in an international plane crash. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera's Learjet went down in Mexico last month, killing seven people, setting off a scramble to determine what went wrong.
Accidents involving small planes happen all of the time in the United States. Just yesterday, a small plane went down on the northeast coast of Florida. The Beechcraft Bonanza BE35 was en route from Daytona Beach to Knoxville, Tennessee, when the pilot reported a mechanical problem, federal authorities said.