Comments for: Owls Head had 16 aviation accidents, 4 fatal, over 40 years

Posted Nov. 18, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 18, 2012, at 6:08 p.m.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there have been 913 aircraft accidents in Maine over the past 50 years, not including the one Friday at Owls Head. Friday’s plane crash is the 10th aircraft accident in Maine in 2012 and the second such accident this year that has been …

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  • Anonymous

    In 1999 there were 181 fatal car accidents in Maine, and in 2000 there were 169. So even though flying is very unforgiving (maybe second only to boating), it is still the safest mode of transportation. The media makes a big story out of any plane crash, fatal or not, because it is rare enough to sell a few copies. The accident this week at Owls Head was a preventable tragedy, and I am sure appropriate steps will be taken to see that it never happens again, but the majority of accidents at this airport are weather related. It’s an airport situated in an area where fog is common, and unless we pilots are extremely careful in all aspects of the flight into there, it can be a problem.

    • Bill Cat

      We only hear about the ones that crash, not a word about the thousands that don’t. LOL

    • Tyke

      Flying may or may not be the safest mode of transportation, but your misuse of statistics does not indicate anything.
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      If you calculate and compare traveled miles and total number of trips taken for each mode of transportation, THEN state fatalities as a % – the numbers will be somewhat comparable.

      • Ben Hutchins

        Superman has said that flying is the safest way to travel in several major motion pictures, and that’s good enough for me.

  • Bill Cat

    And this was worth pointing out for what reason? 40 years is quite a stretch and there are likely as many car accidents in ME during the summer.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. This tells me NOTHING!

    • Anonymous

      “Maine ranks seventh out of 11 states in the Northeast for number of plane crashes since the early 1960s,”

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