2 Dead After Flight Collision
About the Flight Collision
According to Reuters, the collision occurred 6 miles southeast of the Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport on Saturday.
A 72-year-old man piloted the Cessna 172, a single-engine plane, which was carrying a 14-year-old passenger, both of whom died when the plane crashed into a wooded area. The pilot of the second plane, a Searey amateur-built aircraft, was carrying a 9-year-old girl.
The Searey was able to land safely in a field in Alden, New York leaving the pilot and the girl unharmed from the accident. The Lancaster Police Department have not yet released the names of the two people killed but state it appears both of the pilots were attempting to fly to Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport when the collision occurred.
The planes were part of the Young Eagles program, which gives children hands-on experience with aviation, states Dick Knapinski, spokesman for the association. The program began in 1992 and has since then helped 1.9 million children fly on planes. The crash is the second fatal accident involving Young Eagles since the program opened.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the collision.
Plane Crash Statistics
Following information provided by the NTSB:
- 1,539 U.S. civil aviation accidents were recorded in 2012.
- 280 of the accidents were fatal resulting in the deaths of 447 people.
- The most common causes of aviation accidents are:
- Pilot error
- Mechanical failure
- Other human error
- Fatal crashes were most likely to occur during the cruise and takeoff phases of flight, followed by initial climb, climb (flaps up), final approach, initial approach, and landing. Accidents were least likely to occur during decent and taxiing.