Air Transport World

Telling the regionals' story. (regional airlines) (Column)

While visiting friends in Hagerstown, Md., recently, I heard some people talking about a commuter-plane crash in nearby Pennsylvania. It was reported as top news in the local paper. Four persons were killed.

The article implied pilot error on a missed instrument approach to a fogbound runway and failure to clear a mountain ridge in the go-around for the second try. The aircraft was twin-engine Piper Aztec, which is popular for short-haul, air-taxi type operations. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating and will report on the probable cause in due course.

The significant factor noted during the conversation was that all present just automatically assumed that the aircraft was a commuterliner, because commuter/regional carriers served all area communities.

One person has a natural anxiety when flying. …

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