Airplane crashes can wreak havoc on the lives of those involved and their families. The crash often results in catastrophic or fatal injuries to crew and passengers. Property damage is often extensive. Determining what caused the crash can be difficult and take a long time. Proving fault can also be just as time-consuming.
No one gets into an airplane expecting it to crash. However, aviation accidents happen every day throughout the world. These accidents may involve small pleasure crafts, charter airplanes and jets, large business-class jets, small airplanes, hang gliders, helicopters and other types of airborne vehicles.
On Monday, May 15, a small MU-2B plane took off from Puerto Rico bound for central Florida in what would normally be a routine flight.
Turbulence is the term in the aircraft industry used to describe pockets where the airflow is disrupted and irregular. From a pilot's point of view, turbulence can be a challenge to handle. From a passenger's point of view, turbulence usually equals a bumpy ride and a few frayed nerves -- although, on occasion, it ends up leading to injuries.
When aviation accidents occur, most times, no surviving pilot, flight crew or passengers make it out alive, Thus, it can be particularly difficult to know exactly what may have caused the crash. Because of this, in 1967, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) was founded in the hope that, by investigating civil plane crashes, a better understanding about how to prevent future ones could occur.
According to a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman, the pilot whose plane crashed on Dec. 26 "crashed on go-around after a missed approach." The spokesman said he couldn't confirm anything else about the crash, which occurred in the Spruce Creek Fly-In, until the investigation was completed.