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NTSB Blames Pilot, Drugs, and FAA for Deadly Hot Air Balloon Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revealed its findings regarding a tragic hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people in July 2016. Among its findings were that the balloon's pilot:

Jury Awards $21.7 Million to Families of Helicopter Crash Victims

The families of three people who died in a helicopter crash in Kentucky in 2013 will share in a $21.7 million award after a jury found in their favor. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., the company that manufactured the helicopter involved in the tragedy. The lawsuit highlighted the dangers of helicopters breaking up mid-air due to manufacturing defects and alleged the company failed to take appropriate action to prevent such a disaster from happening.

Small Plane Crash in Colorado Kills Family of Four

A small plane crash just outside of Denver, Colorado, has killed a family of four. The plane crash happened on Friday, September 15, though search crews did not find the debris until just before on Saturday. Officials are investigating what caused the single-engine Cirrus SR22 to crash, while relatives of the deceased are left to struggle with the aftermath.

Troy Gentry Killed in New Jersey Helicopter Crash

Troy Gentry, who was half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, just hours before he was supposed to take the stage in a concert on September 8. Along with Gentry, the pilot, James Evan Robinson, also died in the crash. As with plane crashes, helicopter accidents can have catastrophic consequences for the people aboard and their loved ones.

Three Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Savannah

Three people died in a small plane crash that took place August 28 near Savannah, Georgia. The pilot and his two passengers were killed when the chartered aircraft they were in crashed into a wooded area after the pilot reported mechanical problems with the plane. The area was reportedly so heavily wooded bulldozers were called in to clear a path to the wreckage. As with many other small plane crashes, this one leaves behind devastated family members who must now wait to find out what caused the tragedy that took their loved ones. This is the second crash involving a Beechcraft Bonanza in recent weeks.

Four Dead after Explosive Plane Crash on I-15 in Utah

Four people died in a horrific plane crash in Riverdale, Utah, when the small personal plane carrying them crashed down onto I-15. The accident happened on July 26 at around 1:00 p.m., shortly after the aircraft took off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, headed for Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone, Montana. Although the Beech A36 Bonanza crashed into a busy stretch of I-15, near 5600 S, no vehicles on the road were involved in the fiery accident.

Severe Turbulence on American Airlines Flight 759 Sends 10 to Hospital

Passengers on board an American Airlines flight from Greece to Philadelphia were shocked to find their otherwise routine travel turning from commonplace to terrifying in only moments, bringing to life every flier's worst nightmare.

Honolulu Small Plane Crash Kills Four

The bodies of four victims have been recovered following a Honolulu plane crash involving a 1969 Beechcraft Muskateer 19 Sport. Rugged, rural terrain delayed emergency responders in finding the victims, and some reports suggest that recovery efforts were further hindered by the plane's out-of-date technology. The fatal small plane crash is just one of five airplane incidents since May 2016 in Hawaii.

Robinson R44 Helicopter Experienced Hard Landing in Sherman Oaks

Four people suffered minor injuries after a helicopter experienced a hard landing in Sherman Oaks, California. Luckily, despite the aircraft crash-landing on a residential street, no homes or people on the ground were hit, and those on board walked away with minor injuries.

Two Killed in Atchison Plane Crash in Historic Aircraft

An aerobatic pilot who had performed at the Amelia Earhart festival and the general manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport are both dead after a plane crash in Atchison occurred the day following the festival. The pilot and sole passenger were in a World War II-era plane and had been in the air for less than half an hour when the crash happened, highlighting the risks that passengers in small planes sometimes face.

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