“Very Experienced Pilot,” says friends
The deadly plane crash occurred on Tuesday night near the intersection of FM 2004 and FM 646 in Hitchcock, roughly 40 miles southeast of Houston.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still trying to determine the cause of the crash. According to KPRC2, no distress signal was made prior to the crash. The two men were believed to be on a training flight when the plane accident occurred.
Brian Arnott, 69, died in the crash. Arnott, a member of the Bay Area Aero Club, according to KPRC2, had logged significantly more flying hours than the other pilot.
The other pilot, a 38-year old man who has not been identified, survived the crash. He was taken to the hospital where he is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, reports several news outlets.
KPRC2 says the NTSB investigation into the cause of the crash could take up to a year to complete.
Important Information About Small Plane Crashes
According to an article in LiveScience, there are hundreds of wrongful deaths of people killed in small plane accidents every year in the United States:
- In 2013, there were a total of 387 small plane accident fatalities.
- During the same year, there was an average of one fatality per 100,000 flight hours in the United States in small planes.
- There were a total of 1,297 general aviation accidents in the United States in 2013.