Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 2:42 pm
Authorities are reporting that shortly before 10:30AM on Sunday, July 14th, a single-engine aircraft struck several trees before slamming into the Mason Creek Community Center at Kingsland Boulevard and Houghton Road, a staple of the Nottingham Country neighborhood.
The fixed-wing plane, a 2009 Cessna 172 Skyhawk, crashed into the pool facility storage building, killing the pilot and scattering flaming debri around an empty pool, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Fortunately, no one on the ground was struck and there were no passengers on the plane.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) July 13, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation. No details were provided on the cause of the accident.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the pilot as 69-year-old Nodhir Medhora, a native of India and mechanical engineer at Exxon-Mobil.
We are saddened to hear of Mr. Medhora’s untimely passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
According to the most recent data from the NTSB, there were a total of 1,335 civil aviation accidents in the U.S. in 2016, 38 of which involved commuter and on-demand carriers–small aircrafts with 10 or fewer passenger seats. Nine of those accidents resulted in 27 fatalities.
While the FAA states that since the 1970s there has been a 75% drop in corporate and business jet flights, accidents involving small aircraft passenger flights have increased by 20% in the last decade, and the fatality rate is up by 25%.
Aviation accidents involving small commuter aircrafts lead to serious physical injuries and emotional and psychological damage, if not death. The unfortunate passing of these victims is a reminder that while aviation accidents are far more uncommon than other vehicular accidents, such collisions involving passenger cars, they are significantly more dangerous.
Common Causes of Small Aircraft Accidents
Although the number of general aviation accidents is declining, the fatality rate of small aircraft accidents remains stubbornly flat. The following causes of aviation accidents are especially underlined in incidents involving small passenger aircrafts.
- Loss of control
- Drug and alcohol use
- Lack of routine pilot proficiency checks
- Poor risk management
Lack of safety features, such as:
- Back-up systems for navigation
- Extra engines
- Equipment malfunction
- Inclement weather
- Fuel mismanagement
The FAA is making a difference to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve the safety of general aviation. Below are just a few of the actions that have been taken to reduce the fatality number to zero.
- Pilot testing standards and training
The FAA has updated key elements of the airman certification system to include an enhanced focus on risk management.
- New technologies
FAA has introduced new high-altitude air traffic control systems: En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to streamline the certification and installation of equipment used to enhance pilots’ awareness of other traffic and improves safety in areas that radar cannot reach.
- Enhanced aeronautical data
In 2016, the FAA launched the Got Data? External Data Access Initiative to give the private sector better access the FAA’s aeronautical data, including airports, navigation aids, fixes, obstacles, holding, approaches, and Temporary Flight Restriction information.
- Aircraft design
Overhauled airworthiness by improving performance-based equipment standards to implement forward-looking, flexible rules that encourage innovation of small aircrafts.
What You Can Do
These types of cases involving aviation-related fatalities are substantially complex. If you or a loved one are a victim of an aviation accident, or you have lost a loved one to an aviation accident, it is important to choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience in such cases to help you or your family receive justice.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.
Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.