Coroner Identifies Four Victims Killed in Tragic Yellowstone County Plane Crash
YELLOWSTONE- Fairfieldsuntimes.com writes that four people died when a small aircraft came down over the weekend. The incident occurred about 25 miles away from Billings, and the Yellowstone County Sheriff identified those killed in the tragic crash.*
All four of the individuals killed were from Billings. The plane came down at night but was not located until the following morning. Investigators believe that the aircraft struck a guy wire on a 200-foot tall radio tower and then crashed to the base of Dunn Mountain.
The flight left from Hardin and was heading towards Billings. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the cause of the crash, along with the manufacturer of the plane and the engine.
Representatives from the NTSB will examine the maintenance records for the aircraft, the weather conditions, the environment, and the pilot’s history in working to discover what went wrong. The preliminary report is typically released around seven to ten days after the accident, but that report will not state what caused the crash.
The plane involved was identified as a 1978 Cessna TR182. These planes seat four people. The aircraft’s status was listed as valid through March of 2021.
While commercial air travel is considered extremely safe, small private planes seem to present a much higher risk of crashes. The dangers posed by these small planes are likened to the risks involved in driving a car. The reason these aircraft are more dangerous likely has to do both with the less experienced pilots as well as with issues with the planes themselves.
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Sources:https://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/news/state/dead-in-plane-crash-id-d-by-coroner/article_4a5b332f-1a09-59ce-afbd-8428f3996d01.html and https://www.livescience.com/49701-private-planes-safety.html and https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/09/why-small-planes-crash-more-often/
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