At first blush, it might be difficult to think of a plane accident that leads to a fatality from a reason other than a crash. However, experienced pilots are trained to think as airplanes as powerful -- and potentially dangerous -- machines. This was demonstrated in a terrible small plane accident recently that left an American businessman dead on at a Canadian lake.
What tend to be the most accident-prone planes in general aviation? It may not be surprising to learn that the answer is experimental aircraft built by nonprofessionals. In fact, the statistics are quite jarring: experiment aircraft make up about 10 percent of all aircraft considered under the general aviation umbrella, they comprise 15 percent of the accidents among that group and more than 20 percent of accidents resulting in fatalities.