How Safe is Flying Small Planes?


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While there is no arguing that commercial flying is perhaps the safest form of public transportation evidenced by the miniscule number of plane crashes annually both here in the United States and even across the globe.

 

However, this does not hold true for small (single or commuter) planes. One source states that somewhere in the U.S. a small or commuter plane drops out of the sky every day. Because it occurs in different places – the magnitude of the problem is often overlooked. Moreover, the most common reasons for these airplane crashes is unsettling at best.

 

For instance, statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board show that in the past five years, there have been more than 200 plane crashes caused by the pilot running out of gas. On the ground when the fuel gauge says “E” it’s quite a bit easier to get to a gas station and refuel than when you’re in the air! (My suggestion is – if you’re going to take a small plane ask the pilot if he fueled up before you take off).

 

A second preventable cause of small plane crashes is regular plane maintenance. Certainly the cost of upkeep to a private plane may be high but it comes with owning the plane. If it costs too much to regularly service the plane – then sell it. This is a much better alternative to endangering the lives of passengers and even potential victims on the ground.

 

Greg Baumgartner is a personal injury lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with an Austin wrongful death attorney call the Baumgartner firm.

 

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