General aviation is defined as all civilian domestic flights except scheduled commercial flights. This includes the small planes owned by hobbyists and the small jets owned by some businesses. While they have become safer since the 1970s, small plane travel is still more dangerous than a commercial flight. According to the NTSB, while commercial air travel has improved their accident rate over the past 10-12 years by 80%, general aviation accident rates have remained flat. The fatality rate has been hovering at just over 1 death ever 100,000 hours.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports on a business jet crash that killed all four aboard.
A business jet bound for Tennessee crashed last Thursday into a football field in an Atlanta park. The crash ignited the plane’s jet fuel and sent black smoke into the air in the neighborhood.
A home just behind the park was damaged in the crash.
The wreckage from the plane spread out over 100 yards.
The plane was a Cessna Citation V Jet that had just departed from Fulton County Airport – Brown Field. The jet was bound for the Millington-Memphis Airport. The destination airport is about 20 miles north of Memphis.
The plane departed the airport and went down about 1.5 miles east of the airport just after noon.
The majority of the plane was badly burned, with the only part intact being the tail. Firefighters had to walk through jet fuel to put out the flames on the football field.
Fulton County Airport – Brown Field is a busy general aviation airfield with an air control tower and a fire station. It manages a combined 164 takeoffs and landings each day.
The NTSB is investigating the crash.
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