On Saturday morning, a pilot crashed his small single-engine plane four miles northeast of Midlothian in Ellis County. During the time of the crash, the pilot was the only person on the plane. The aircraft went down near Eagle’s Nest Estates, a residential airpark in Ellis County that has a 3,200 foot paved runway.
The pilot sustained minor burns after crashing his aircraft, but his plane caught fire and was destroyed. After nearby residents heard the crash and went out to find out what happened, the pilot was walking around.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently investigating this crash.
There are many factors that can affect a person’s ability to operate a plane. External factors, such as weather, equipment failure, turbulence and contact with birds can cause a pilot trouble. There are also many internal factors -such as visual disorientation and too little oxygen- that can increase risk of crashes. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the influence of these factors, there are things pilots can do to reduce risks.
Before setting out on a small aircraft, it is important that the pilot prepares for the flight properly. Pilots should always check weather conditions and know their routes before flying. A pilot should also always check the cabin and exterior of the plane. It is also important to make sure that the pilot is well rested and ready to fly before going out in a small plane.