NOW: Deadly Plane Crash Under Investigation


( – HAPPENING NOW: A plane crash that took the life of one and left another in serious condition is now under investigation.

According to local reports, on Sunday morning at the Gila Bend Municipal Airport in Arizona, a tragic incident occurred where a plane crash resulted in one person losing their life and another being severely injured.

The local law enforcement, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, reported that the incident happened just after 9:45 a.m.

There were two individuals on board the aircraft when it crashed. Sadly, one of them was declared dead at the scene, and the other was urgently flown to a hospital due to serious injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) noted that the accident took place shortly after the plane had left the airport.

An investigation into the crash has been initiated by the NTSB.

The plane involved in the crash was described as an “experimental, amateur-built” type of aircraft.

When speaking to ABC15, aviation expert Richard Schmidt explained that under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, planes are generally divided into two categories: those that are professionally manufactured and those that are built by hobbyists or individuals. He described an experimental, amateur-built aircraft as one constructed by an individual.

Schmidt, who is not only a flight instructor and commercial pilot but also served as the president of the Deer Valley Pilot’s Association and is currently a member of its board, as well as a representative on the FAA safety team, also owns a plane of this category. These aircraft are assembled from kits provided by the manufacturer and must be inspected by the FAA.

However, Schmidt pointed out that his plane is different from the one involved in the Gila Bend crash. His aircraft is enclosed, while the crashed aircraft, known as a trike, might not have been enclosed. Trikes usually do not fly as high or as fast as standard planes.

The Experimental Aircraft Association states that trike aircraft typically fly at speeds ranging from 35 to 85 mph and don’t usually ascend more than 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the ground.

Schmidt mentioned, “They do operate very slowly, so you’re not going very fast when you come back to land. It’s not particularly dangerous compared to other airplanes.”

Both the FAA and NTSB are currently investigating the crash. The NTSB has announced that a preliminary report will be released within the next 30 days.

The NTSB’s thorough investigation of the incident could take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to finalize.


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