The plane that took off from Ohio State University Airport and crashed on Interstate 75 in Florida could become one of nearly 1,000 plane crashes in the United States this year.
But data shows that the number of crashes resulting in serious injuries or deaths has declined over the past 30 years or so.
A 68-foot-long Bombardier Challenger 600 had five people on board when it took off from Ohio State University Airport at 12:30 p.m. Friday en route to Naples airport.
The pilot and co-pilot of the plane that crashed Friday have died. But three people survived the crash, including two Columbus residents.
Since 1992, the number of plane crashes has fallen by nearly half, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
In 1992, there were 2,110 plane crashes in the United States, resulting in 866 deaths and 408 serious injuries. Crashes decreased to 1,157 while deaths fell to 344 and injuries to 221 in 2021, the most recent year for which data is available from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
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For comparison, far more Ohioans died in car crashes in 2021, with 1,354 fatalities on the state’s roads, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
While the number of plane crashes has declined, the number of flight hours has remained largely the same in the United States, data shows.
Even if a plane crashes, the likelihood that those on board will survive is relatively high, according to a National Transportation Safety Board study that examined data from 1983 to 2000. In 94 percent of accidents involving “airplanes of the part 121,” which includes planes carrying 10 or more passengers and most commercial planes, almost everyone on board survived a crash, the study found.
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