Fatal accidents in North Las Vegas spark public outreach
Within a one-week period, two fatal accidents occurred near North Las Vegas Airport, sparking concern among the public about aviation safety. AOPA and the Air Safety Foundation reached out to a shocked community in an effort to present the facts about GA and its safety record. On Aug. 22, a Velocity experimental aircraft crashed into a house near the airport, killing the pilot and two people on the ground. Then, on Aug. 28, a Piper Navajo crashed into a yard, burning two homes. The pilot was killed, but those in the houses survived. “Fatal general aviation accidents are very low, and it is rare that anyone on the ground is injured or killed when an aircraft crashes,” said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Read more on AOPA Online.
September 12, 2008