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3 top causes of small plane crashes in Alaska

Alaska is a great place to go flightseeing. You may take a ride on a seaplane or bush-plane to enjoy the breathtaking views of Anchorage and beyond. While taking an air tour of Alaska may be an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, it may also be dangerous.

You have a higher risk of getting in an airplane crash on a small aircraft than during a commercial flight. Here are some of the top causes of small plane crashes that may result in serious injuries and deaths in Alaska.

1. Pilot mistakes

One of the most common reasons for small aviation accidents is pilot mistakes. Some pilots simply do not have enough training or good judgment to safely operate an aircraft. If the pilot is not fully knowledgeable and in control from takeoff to landing, there may be severe consequences. You want your pilot to have complete training, have an understanding of weather patterns and an effective emergency plan. 

2. Malfunctions and mechanical problems

Dangerous designs, defective parts and improper maintenance may result in various issues with a small plane, including the following:

  • Fuel tanks that easily rupture
  • Failing ice-protection systems
  • Pilot seats that slide backward
  • Leaking exhaust systems

There must be strict maintenance records to ensure small airplanes are in proper working condition. But even so, there may be sudden malfunctions mid-flight. 

3. Inclement weather

Alaska is prone to turbulent winter storms. Small planes are not able to safely make it through tumultuous weather conditions. Tour companies and pilots must exercise good judgment when deciding whether to fly. If you get hurt because of bad weather, it may be the fault of the pilot or his or her employer. 

These are the most prevalent causes of aircraft wrecks in Alaska. If you are about to take a tour, be mindful and careful. Talk to a lawyer if you suffer an injury while on a flightseeing trip.

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