Scottsdale Plane Crash Kills 6
All six people on board a single-engine plane died April 10, 2018, when their plane crashed on the TPC Scottsdale golf course. Authorities are not yet sure why the plane went down, but the plane had just left the Scottsdale Airport minutes before, at 8:45 p.m. The crash caused a small fire on a green patch of the golf course, but no one on the ground was injured.
The plane was a Piper PA-24 and was at capacity carrying six people. Authorities are investigating the potential causes of the plane crash and determining where the plane was going. Victims of the plane crash include social media personalities and aspiring models.
Non-Commercial Flights: A Growing Danger?
Flying in single-engine planes is statistically more dangerous than flying in a commercial plane. According to a safety expert at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the commercial airline industry has become safer and safer over time while the general aviation industry has not improved. The fatality rate is about one death per every 100,000 hours, according to NTSB. The study also shows that accidents and deaths have decreased in business and corporate flights, but have risen by 20% for personal flights during the past 10 years.
Why Do Planes Crash?
There are many reasons why planes crash, including loss of control, inexperienced pilots, and equipment malfunction. In some cases, crashes occur when pilots are taking prescription medications that hinder their ability to react quickly in dangerous flying conditions. Private pilots do not have to complete the same extensive training that commercial pilots undergo, and smaller planes are often not equipped with the same safety technology as larger planes. Larger planes have computerized equipment that alerts pilots if they are too close to the ground, if there are other planes nearby, if something is wrong with an engine, and more.
When flying on a private plane, there are a few questions you can ask about the safety of the plane and the pilot before you embark on your trip. Ask how much training and flight hours the pilot has. Ask about recent safety inspections to the plane. Check weather and flying conditions and don’t fly during a storm. Flying during daylight hours with increased visibility might also improve your safety, especially if the plane is not equipped with the technology to help pilots fly in the dark.