Earlier this month, ABC News reported that two people were killed in an ultralight plane crash. The victims of the crash were a man and woman in their 60’s. The police reported that the aircraft was locally owned. Additionally, just last month a 59 year old man was found dead after the light plane he was operating crashed near a Texas airport. As if that weren’t enough in the past 8 weeks, just a few days ago an ultralight crash sent a 48-year old man to the hospital.
Some argue that the danger with this type of aircraft is that there are not any training requirements and a person does not need a pilot’s certificate to fly one. Additionally, given the affordability of an ultralight many people can purchase them. A new ultralight aircraft costs between $8,000 and $15,000, while a used one usually costs about $5,000.
Additionally, there are more than 3,000 flight schools across the United States. Being that here is no age requirement makes this dangerous activity very accessible. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Association has established that the minimum number of flight hours necessary to obtain a flying certificate is only 20.
Hawaii is a hot spot for ultralight flying. At Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks we are familiar with special conditions of ultralight aircraft crashes. We understand that crashes may be the result of pilot error or bad weather and in some accidents, no one is at fault for the crash. If you have been involved in an ultralight crash, don’t hesitate to contact our office and speak to a personal injury lawyer.
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