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The dangers of traveling by private plane

Traveling by small plane is a way of life for many Alaskans, but it can also be an inherently dangerous method of getting from one location to another. While the accident rates for commercial airline flights have improved over the last decade, the accident rate associated with smaller, private planes has risen considerably. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, a Professional Corporation, we understand the devastation that can occur when small planes crash, and we have helped many accident victims and their families seek appropriate recourse after plane crashes.

Per LiveScience.com, accident rates associated with private planes have spiked 20 percent over the last decade, while the fatality rate associated with private plane crashes jumped 25 percent during that same period. Just what is to blame for the spike? Statistics show that pilot error is frequently a factor in private plane crashes, with many occurring after the pilot loses control of the aircraft.

In some instances, accidents occur when pilots without the proper qualifications or equipment enter low-visibility areas, where clouds or other factors impact their ability to see clearly. Private plane crashes also sometimes occur when pilots take turns too slowly before landing, causing their airplanes to stall, or when pilots lose the engine of a single-engine plan shortly after taking off, and then stall when they attempt to land.

Private planes also typically offer far less in terms of safety features than larger, commercial airplanes. They are less likely to have co-pilots, extra engines and high-tech navigation systems to help pilots avoid accidents, and some safety advocates also feel training and educational requirements for private plane pilots are also insufficient. More about plane crashes is available on our web page.

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