Accidents involving private aircraft can be catastrophic. Deaths sometimes occur in such accidents. Recently, a private aircraft crash occurred here in California that resulted in two fatalities.
The accident occurred as a Cessna 172 Skyhawk was heading towards Fresno’s Chandler Airport to land. As it was passing over a Southwest Fresno neighborhood, the plane clipped a tree. Shortly after the contact with the tree, the plane crashed into the front yard of a home.
The plane’s pilot and a 9-year-old boy who was a passenger of the plane were killed in this aviation accident.
Included among the organizations which will be investigating this plane crash are the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. One wonders what findings these federal agencies will make in their investigations of the crash.
As this accident shows, plane accidents sometimes occur during the approach leading up to a landing. There are many different things that can be behind such accidents. Thus, the list of things to look into when it comes to such crashes can be quite large. Some examples of things it can be important to investigate in such accidents include: what actions the pilot took, whether all the plane’s landing-related mechanisms were functioning properly and what communications (if any) were exchanged between the pilot and air traffic controllers in the time leading up to the crash. Given the large number of things that it can be important to look into in relation to plane crashes, investigations into such accidents can be quite complicated and can take awhile to complete.
Source: KFSN-TV, “2 dead after Cessna 172 Skyhawk crashes in Southwest Fresno,” Mariana Jacob, Dec. 26, 2013