Two people lost their lives when a small plane recently crashed about two miles southeast of Norfolk in Northeast Nebraska. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the small plane was a 1967 Piper PA-28 Cherokee. The pilot was a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, enrolled in the University’s Aviation Institute. University of Nebraska at Omaha officials reported that the student did have a pilot’s license to fly.
As reported by The Norfolk Daily News, a Madison County Sheriff said both the pilot and a female passenger from Fort Collins lost their lives in the plane crash. The plane had just taken off from Norfolk Regional Airport and was en route back to Omaha. Another pilot said he saw the plane take off from the airport and knew something had to be wrong because the plane behaved very erratically, flying low over the hangars. He thought the plane was going to crash into the hangars. It was nearly in a stall position and was wobbling badly. Read the rest »
A 54-year-old man lost his life in an aviation accident in western Nebraska, leaving investigators to look for the cause of the crash. As reported by Omaha.com, the fatal plane crash occurred near Imperial, NE and firefighters believe the single-engine plane crash occurred the morning of August 4. Officials say the plane burst into flames and started a grass fire; as such, the wreckage was discovered by the Imperial volunteer fire department, which was called to fight the blaze. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the fatal NE plane accident.
The 54-year-old pilot, a resident of Imperial, was a rancher and farmer.
Aircraft accidents occur less frequently than other types of accidents, such as traffic accidents, but when they do take place the results can be far more devastating. There are many reasons why an aviation accident may occur, and while pilot error may be a factor, other potentially dangerous elements may be out of a pilot’s control. Some possible reasons for aviation accidents include: mechanical errors, negligent maintenance of the aircraft, adverse weather conditions, and air traffic control errors. Read the rest »