Plane Crash Kills One, Injures Another in Arcola, TX
A plane crashed and caught fire at an Arcola, Texas airstrip on Monday morning, killing one and injuring another.
Details about the Plane Accident in Arcola
The flight instructor was killed and his or her student who was a passenger in the plane was severely injured. The crash happened at about 10:18 a.m. at the Houston Southwest Airport on McKeever Road.
One person was dead at the scene and a medical helicopter responded to the scene to take the flight student to the hospital. Investigators are saying that the plane clipped another object during takeoff which caused the crash.
The fire from the accident was put out at about 11 a.m. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says that the investigation was turned over to the Department of Public Safety officials.
Statistics about Plane Crashes in the United States
According to The Washington Post, commercial flights are fairly safe – there were 30,800 fatal car crashes in 2012 and zero commercial airline crashes. Aviation accidents are far more common in smaller, private planes:
- In 2012, 440 people died in general aviation airplane crashes in the United States.
- Figures from 2013 show that 387 people were killed in general aviation accidents.
- The general theory as to why smaller planes are more dangerous is that they are far less regulated than domestic commercial flights.