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Private Airplane Crashes

When most people think of plane crashes, they tend to think of huge airliners and massive crashes involving hundreds of people at a time. But the fact is, nearly 92 percent of U.S. aircraft are privately owned by someone other than a major airline, and more than 65 percent of U.S. flight hours are actually logged by private pilots. Likewise, most crashes involve privately-owned aircraft, and not commercial airliners.

Privately owned aircraft include everything from very small two-seater airplanes to much larger airplanes. Many private airplanes are large to medium-sized jets or cargo planes, as well. And while most flights take off and land without a hitch, sometimes they can crash, and end up creating devastating loss to a family. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), over the past 20 years, privately-owned aircraft experience a far higher rate of fatal accidents, with 1.45 out of every 100,000 flight hours, while commercial air carriers experience a rate of of .017 per 100,000 flight hours.

Each type of private aircraft crash requires a different set of investigatory skills to determine the cause of the crash. Determining the possible causes of a large cargo plane crash isn’t the same as investigating a single-engine small plane crash. All aviation accident investigations must include an analysis of pilot actions, the aircraft maintenance, whether any parts failed, how the weather affected the accident and many other factors. Since each airplane crash is unique, it is important to have an advocate with the knowledge, experience and resources to thoroughly investigate all potential causes of the accident on behalf of the victims and their families.

The San Antonio Aviation Accident Attorney at Hill Law Firm is here to help those who have been injured or lost loved ones in crashes involving privately owned aircraft. Hill Law Firm has seen a wide variety of aviation accidents leading to serious injuries and deaths. If you have questions, call us today.