As experienced Sedona plane crash attorneys, we were devastated by the news that three people, including a former Olympic runner, were killed in a small plane accident on Thursday, July 26, 2012, according to reports from ABC 15 News. The accident happened Thursday morning when the small plane drove off the end of the small runway and down a hill rather than taking off. The plane caught fire after crashing and reports indicate that all three people on board the plane at the time of the accident died. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were on site investigating the plane crash. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the individuals who were on board the small plane and we hope that they receive answers soon.
Sedona Plane Crashes and Airplane Accident Statistics
This Sedona plane crash was one of nearly 520 general aviation accidents that have been recorded throughout the United States this year alone, according to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The number of accidents this year has surpassed 2011 numbers. So far this year, reports have indicated more than 150 fatalities in general aviation plane accidents. Pilots of general aviation airplanes can help to reduce their risk of a fatal accident by ensuring that their logs are complete after every flight, by filing their flight plans with all necessary parties, and by ensuring that their plane receives regular maintenance and checkups with a certified A/P mechanic. Sometimes, however, even if all precautions are taken, accidents can still happen because of the negligence of other parties or due to factors out of the pilot’s control.