Flying a plane is a goal for many Americans. Flight is a technical marvel. Sitting at the controls of a plane and look at the world below is exhilarating. It’s also a task that can be daunting, particularly when weather conditions are less than ideal. Pilots who are new to flying can be very much at risk in the air.
Small plane crashes
Small plane pilots require less training than military or commercial pilots. There’s not much regulation around when a pilot is ready to fly alone. Depending on the instructor and the trainee, it can happen after just six or eight hours of dual flight. But a good instructor won’t clear anyone to solo until they’re ready. That can take as long as 40 hours.
Many pilots are fine with that amount of training. But some face serious problems. In early 2021, a recently solo-certified pilot crashed. He’d taken off early in the morning with a passenger. Both were teenagers, and neither survived the accident. It takes time to investigate these incidents. The NTSB won’t finish and release the report on this for over a year.
Small airplane crashes can be very complicated. The pilot in this case was flouting the restrictions on his license. He was licensed to fly solo, but not to carry passengers. The instructor who trained him spoke to the media. He insisted that he’d provided the young man with appropriate warnings, and even asked him to check in before taking flight.
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a small plane crash is advised to contact a lawyer. If negligence is involved, it may be possible to recover some damages. Though this can’t bring a person back, it might potentially defray the cost of medical bills and final expenses.