Columbia County Plane Crash Kills One in Florida
COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL - Wcjb.com writes that a fatal plane crash took place in Columbia County this week. Emergency responders initially received calls about a fire but learned that the fire was caused by a plane that crashed into a home.*
The crash occurred when the small aircraft struck a house located on SW Sister’s Welcome Road. One person died in the crash, but reports do not indicate whether any other injuries took place in the incident.
According to data collected by the National Transportation Safety Board, the number of small plane crashes increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018. It is disturbing to note that a plane crashes on average of once a day. Most fatal aircraft crashes involve small planes rather than large commercial aircraft. A representative from the NTSB stated that it was disappointing to see the numbers on the rise.
In many cases, small plane crashes are blamed on the pilots. Pilots who operate small aircraft are not held to the same training standards as commercial pilots, and often do not have as much experience. However, reports indicate that pilots may often be blamed for crashes that were not their fault. The plane industry may have downplayed the role of defective planes in crashes. There is evidence to suspect that many planes have not performed well because of flawed design or technical defects. Manufacturers have, in some instances, been accused of covering up problems with their planes and shifting blame onto the pilots.
The NTSB is tasked with investigating plane crashes and determining what went wrong. It is important to understand what caused a crash in order to prevent additional crashes from occurring.
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Sources:https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Plane-crashes-near-home-in-Columbia-County-567294611.html and https://abcnews.go.com/US/us-plane-crash-fatalities-increased-2018-ntsb/story?id=67033179 and https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/09/why-small-planes-crash-more-often/