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Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration says four people are dead after a small plane crashed in southwest Arkansas. A spokesperson with the FAA reported that the single-engine airplane departed from DeQueen and was on its way to an airport in northern Arkansas, or perhaps southern Missouri with the four people on board. The FAA official said that all four occupants died when the airplane crashed close to Umpire in Howard County, this area is about 90 miles north of Texarkana.

According to Howard County Sheriff’s department, the airplane went down about 9:30 a.m. in a very remote region described as wooded section within the Howard County Wildlife Management Area. The plane crash was reported by a Howard County resident that call the sheriff’s office saying she heard a plane flying very low over here house and then heard a loud "thud" around 9:30 a.m..

Although we do not know the accident victims personally, our thoughts and prayers go out to all who know these folks in their time of grief. We are never ready when someone close to us or ones that we love die suddenly like this. Not only am I am an attorney specializing in injury law, I am also a pilot. Having this background I would like to offer you some possible reasons as to why this airplane accident might have happened.

Why Airplane Accidents Happen

The most common reasons for airplane crashes resulting in serious injury or death include:

  • Pilot error-this includes bad decision making on the part of the pilot when it comes to things such as bad weather, landing or checking for air traffic
  • Faulty equipment-it is up to the owner of the plane to ensure that the equipment on the plane is up to part before it is taken out
  • Violations of FAA regulations-these regulations are in place to keep everyone in the air and on the ground safe and should be followed very closely
  • Design or structural problems-this is often a problem with plane owners who choose to fix their own planes or built their own planes rather than hiring a professional
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Third party carrier negligence
  • Maintenance or repair negligence
  • Fueling error

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