Pilot Killed During Airshow Accident
An airplane pilot was killed in a crash that happened during a Georgia airshow.
Details about the Fatal Plane Accident
CBS News is reporting that the pilot who was killed in a Saturday afternoon plane crash at an airshow near Atlanta has been identified by authorities. The pilot has been identified as 50-year-old Greg Connell from Trenton, South Carolina.
According to authorities, the stunt plane was performing aerial acrobatics at the Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport when the plane crashed to the ground. There was only one person in the plane at the time of the accident.
The pilot’s website has indicated that Connell has about 30 years of flying experience, and was booked for airshows all summer long across the southeast portion of the United States. Investigators were gathering evidence at the scene of the accident from the cockpit and the fuselage and were focusing on evidence that may have been lost when the wreckage was removed from the scene of the accident.
At this time, investigators are considering everything from windy conditions to pilot error and medical history as the cause of the accident.
Important Information about Small Plane Crashes
- The National Transportation Safety Board reports that there is an average of 1,500 aviation accidents every year in the United States.
- There is an annual average of about 450 fatalities in aviation accidents every year in the United States.
- At this time, there is no national police that requires general aviation pilots to carry liability insurance for them or their passengers.