The environment that planes routinely operate in is one of the more challenging ones a product can face. Given the high altitudes and high speeds planes travel at, the margin for error for the components of planes is incredibly small. Thus, it is extremely important for planes and their components to be free of defects. Mechanical defects on planes can have a variety of serious effects, such as causing a pilot to lose control or compromising a plane’s structural integrity. Such things can lead to devastating aviation accidents occurring.
Last week, a plane accident occurred in which a California man was killed.
The accident happened last Tuesday. That day, a small plane was flying from California to Colorado. The plane in question was a Cessna 210. While the plane was flying in Colorado, it crashed. According to the article on the Daily Breeze’s website which reported this story, the plane’s pilot was killed in the crash. The pilot was a 57-year-old man from Ranchos Palos Verdes, according to the man’s family.
Federal investigators are currently looking into this aviation accident. One investigator said that it is a possibility that the plane broke up while it was in the air. One wonders if investigators will ultimately find that the plane suffered a mid-air break-up. One also wonders, if a mid-air break-up is found to have occurred, what investigators will find to have been the break-up’s cause and if investigators will find there to have been anything wrong with the plane mechanically.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Small plane piloted by RPV man may have broken up in flight,” Donna Littlejohn, Nov. 25, 2013