Some of our readers may be familiar with actor Harrison Ford’s passion of flying. The 74-year-old Ford, who apparently became a certified pilot later in life, has built up a large collection of modern and vintage aircraft in the relatively short number of years he has been flying.
A New York man who died in a plane crash in Vermont back in December was unfit to fly, according to public records. The crash, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report, found that the plane engine experienced some sort of failure before the plane went down. The pilot had only been about 150 feet in the air at the time of the engine failure.
For average Americans, helicopter travel isn't nearly as common as airplane travel. But for those lucky enough to experience it, the thrill is unforgettable. If you don't have the money to afford your own (and most of us don't), you may be able to enjoy a ride while on a sightseeing tour or in a chartered helicopter flight.
The pilot and his wife were seriously injured when the single-engine aircraft they were in crashed on takeoff from Capitol Airport in Brookfield, Wisconsin on January 4, 2017. Remarkably, their baby, who was in an infant seat, survived unscathed. The aircraft ran off the runway and crashed into a parked SUV with a trailer attached. No one was in the SUV.
A single-engine Cessna 210 was reported missing on January 2, 2017 en route between Scottsdale, Arizona and Telluride, Colorado. The next day, searchers found debris of the plane north of the town of Payton in rugged country called the Mogollon Rim. Along with the debris, the search party found the bodies of the aircraft’s occupants, a prominent lawyer, his wife, and two daughters from a previous marriage. The four had been on a trip they always take around the holidays.
On January 3, 2017, a twin-engine aircraft went down between two railroad tracks and the Clark Ford River in the town of Paradise in Sanders County, Montana. The two occupants of the plane, a pilot and a passenger, were able to walk away from the crash but were taken to a local hospital for undisclosed injuries. The cabin and the wings of the plane were intact, but the aircraft is reported to be a total loss.
January 3, 2017, a small plane went down near Spruce Creek, Florida. The pilot, the chief executive officer of a technology company, and a female companion were killed in the crash. The two had been taking a 21 day trip around the world in what was described as an “experimental plane,” an Epic LT single engine craft. One witness reported that the aircraft entered a fog and then emerged in an “inverted flat spin,” meaning that it went into the ground like a falling leaf. The crash happened after the plane had turned around having missed its first approach.
A small plane took off from a suburban Kansas City airport and, after the 79 year-old pilot had reported trouble with the aircraft, crash-landed in a nearby parking lot. The pilot survived the accident and was taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries or damage on the ground were reported. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.
Most owners of small private planes buy insurance for the same reason that operators of automobiles acquire coverage. They realize that accidents happen and they do not want to be bankrupt if they are involved in a crash, especially if they are at fault.
We began looking in our last post at what options there may be for victims of military aviation accidents, whether for military personnel or their surviving family members. As we noted, although the federal government is generally immune from tort liability, there are certain exceptions.