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May 20, 2011
Four people are lucky to walk away from an early morning plane crash. Salemnews.net is reporting that around 8:30 AM, a single-engine plane crashed while landing at the Salem Airpark.
The six-passenger Socata TBM 800 was approaching and managed to touch down just short of the runway. The pilot lost control of the plane, ran into a nearby hillside and the plane skid to a halt just off the runway. The plane was totaled with severe damage to one of the wings and a twisted propeller.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bret Henderson was quoted as saying “The pilot misjudged the runway. We’re lucky it wasn’t serious--it could have been a fatality.”
Two passengers aboard the airplane were taken to Salem Community Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The other two passengers only suffered minor cuts and bruises. No one on the ground was injured.
According to reports by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), smaller planes are more prone to accidents and fatalities. There are over 22 fatalities per million flight hours in the private sector, compared to 4 in the commercial sector.
Aviation can be a fun and rewarding hobby; however, it comes with a great risk. Do you enjoy flying as a hobby?
Our national aviation accident attorneys are available to speak with anyone who has been involved in an airplane crash. Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to explain your rights and help you settle your case.
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