Single-engine Plane Crash Leaves Two Dead

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According to the Lake Sun, two people in a single-engine plane died after crashing the plane near Lee C. Fine Airport in Miller County, Missouri.

FAA Investigating Fatal Crash

The victims in the crash, Bruce Hensler, 56, and Sarah M. Hensler, 30, hailed from New Britain, Pennsylvania. Officials received word of a small aircraft crash at around 3:30 p.m. local time on October 22, according to the Lake Sun.

Emergency personnel discovered the wreckage of the Beechcraft airplane in a wooded area. Both plane occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake Sun reports that officials believe Bruce Hensler piloted the plane.

Investigators are unsure of the circumstances surrounding the crash and where the aircraft originally took off from. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the fatal plane wreck.

Small Plane Accident Statistics

According to LiveScience, there are not as many wrongful deaths of people involved in small plane accidents as one would think:

  • Since the 1970s, there has been a 75 percent drop in the number of wrongful deaths in small plane accidents in the United States.
  • The current fatality rate hovers just over 1 death for every 100,000 hours of flight time.
  • In 2013, there were a total of 1,297 general aviation accidents that resulted in 387 fatalities.

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