Four People Killed in Single-Engine Plane Crash in Houston
Four people died in a plane accident in Texas on Sunday morning.
Important Information about the Plane Crash
Multiple sources are reporting that four people – including two children – were killed in a plane accident near the Navasota Municipal Airport on Sunday morning, according to grimes County Sheriff Donald Sowell.
The plane crash involved a single-engine Cirrus SR-20, which is a small aircraft that seats four people, according to a spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane was found at around 9:20 a.m. on Sunday morning by a pilot who was flying near the Navasota airport.
The plane left the David Wayne Hooks Airport in Houston at about 8:17 a.m. before it crashed just an hour later.
The wreckage of the plane was seen by the pilot in a wooded area about a half-mile southeast from the airport’s runway, according to the spokesperson.
The spokesperson further confirmed that all four people in the plane at the time of the accident had died, although the identities of the victims had not yet been confirmed nor released.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s registry confirms that the plane was registered to Air Akhtar – a heating and air condition company in Houston.
Data from the Federal Aviation Administration confirms a long history of fatal plane crashes involving the same model as this crash, but the cause of the accident is still pending an investigation. According to the data that dates back to 2001, there have been more than a total number of 280 recorded crashes.
Since that time, more than 200 people have been killed in plane accidents involving the single engine Cirrus-model planes around the world, including 158 deaths in the United States alone. The Cirrus-model planes ranked six in the number of crashes and fatalities involving single engine planes in the last 10 years.
Important Information about Single-Engine Planes
According to an article in the New York Times:
- According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), single-engine plane crashes are classified as “general aviation accidents,” and involved 94 percent of all aviation accidents in 2011.
- General aviation accidents account for about seven accidents for every 100,000 hours of flight.
- Generally speaking, there are far less regulations on the safety of smaller aircraft than there are for larger commercial planes.