Statistically most aviation accidents involve “general aviation” flights rather than commercial airlines.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the pilot and a passenger were killed when a small plane crashed in a suburban Suffolk County neighborhood soon after takeoff.
According to New York personal injury attorney Nussin S. Fogel, fatal plane crashes in New York are relatively rare. The last one occurred in December in Fulton.
However, injuries due to plane crashes are often very serious, as seen in the Suffolk County crash.
The single-engine plane flew low over the rooftops and crashed into a large tree, then struck a dumpster on the ground and burst into flames.
Witnesses ran to help the pilot and passengers, and used garden hoses to try to put out the fire.
The pilot was apparently unable to move his legs, and the intense heat prevented the would-be rescuers from freeing him from the wreckage.
Two passengers were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where one later died of her injuries. The other was in serious condition.
According to Attorney Fogel, statistically most aviation accidents involve “general aviation” flights rather than commercial airlines.
General aviation includes both flights by private pilots and commercial aviation, including business jets, medical flights, and cargo planes.
Although traveling by commercial airliner is very safe, on a mile-to-mile basis, compared to other forms of transportation (including travel by car), general aviation doesn’t have the same safety record.
Flying in a small plane is nearly ten times more dangerous than driving, per mile traveled, with 13.1 fatalities per 100 million miles versus 1.47 fatalities for driving in a car.
For airlines, the figure for 2009 was only .0077 fatalities per 100 million miles.
One major reason for the difference between airline accidents and general aviation accidents is that airline pilots have much more training and experience.
A private pilot can carry passengers with as little as 20 hours of flight experience. By contrast, an airline pilot must have at least 1,500 hours of flight experience.
Although private aircraft do have stricter maintenance requirements than cars, they only have to be inspected on an annual basis. Commercial airliners are inspected far more regularly.
About Nussin Fogel and the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel:
For close to 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel have handled all types of New York personal injury cases including slip and fall accidents. Nussin Fogel, the firm's founder, has been recognized for his long list of successful outcomes as well as his dedication and service to the community.
The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel is located in New York City and serve the communities of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County.