Two Men Dead in Alabama Plane Crash
The identities of the two men who died have been released to the public, according to alabama.com.
Details about the Fatal Plane Accident
After a few hours of searching, officials announced that they had located the plane and that the two men who were in the plane at the time of the accident had died. According to Civil Air Patrol Deputy Director of Public Affairs Julie DeBardelaben said that the crashed claimed the life of the pilot, 67-year-old Maj. David. R. Mauritson and 66-year-old mission scanner 2nd Lt. Phil Dryden.
Mauritson was a member of the CAP since September of 1999, and Dryden was a member of CAP since November of 2015.
Keith Holloway of the National Transportation Safety Board said that an investigator from the agency arrived in Mobile on Tuesday morning ready to begin the investigation to figure out what brought down the plane.
The plane was identified as a Cessna 182 and it was found in a heavily wooded area near the Mobile Regional Airport.
Important Information about Plane Crashes in the United States
According to Live Science: statistics from the Federal Aviation Administration indicate that:
- The majority of general aviation accidents ultimately happen as a result of pilot error.
- Many times, the issue is that a plane will stall or begin to spin and does not have the altitude or the time it needs to make a complete recovery.
- Private aircraft lack the same safety features and redundancies that commercial flights have including backup systems for navigation, co-pilots, and extra engines should one of them fail during flight.