Three Dead in Small Plane Crash in Bryan, Texas (TX)
BRYAN, TX- The ncadvertiser.com writes that three people died and one suffered critical injuries in a crash in Bryan. The incident occurred near the Coulter Field Airport, and federal investigators are heading to the area to look into the deadly accident.*
The plane, which was identified as a single-engine Piper PA 24, came down in the mid-afternoon in the airfield. The city of Bryan owners the airfield at which the tragic crash occurred. Reports did not include information regarding the identities of the people killed and injured in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are both investigating the incident.
When it comes to plane crashes, small planes are far more likely to be involved in these incidents than are commercial aircraft. In fact, in the United States, about four small planes come down each day, although not all are fatal, and few make their way into the media. According to the FAA, the main reasons that small planes crash include the loss of control in flight, bad weather, and failure of component parts. The FAA states that they will be working to reduce such accidents by improving technology, implementing risk reduction strategies, and providing better training for pilots.
Small planes are often thought of as less safe. The size, however, is not the reason that planes are safe or not safe. The real distinction is whether the aircraft is undergoing maintenance on a regular basis and whether there are regulations in place to prevent disasters. Additionally, when pilots are training, they are flying smaller planes first and working their way up. As such, small planes are more likely to have inexperienced pilots. Commercial flights are subject to a great deal of regulation, which is why these planes tend to be far safer than private planes.
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