Aeroplane crashes in NT.

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Aeroplane crashes in NT
From: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17871631-2,00.html
 
"A LIGHT aircraft has crashed near Borroloola in the Northern Territory.
A police spokeswoman said it was unclear how many people were aboard the aircraft and if there were any survivors.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron B58 had been due at the McArthur River Mine airstrip at 9.30am (CST) today, and workers alerted police when it did not arrive.

An air search later found the wreckage of the plane about 9km south-east of the mine, the police spokeswoman said.

Xstrata's McArthur River Mining (MRM) said the plane had been chartered by another mining company unrelated to MRM.

There were no employees and contractors of McArthur River Mining onboard the aircraft, the company said.

The mine's rescue personnel were participating in the search and rescue effort, it said".
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Always sad news :( . Let's hope the search & rescue yields something positive.
 

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BlacKnox said:
Always sad news :( . Let's hope the search & rescue yields something positive.
I guess statistics could prove me wrong but crashes involving light aircraft happen too often for my liking. :(

You are absolutely right. "Always sad news" :(
 

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yes, i think statistics will prove you wrong. as far as i am aware it is safer to fly than to drive. i think part of the reason for your thought is because virtually all plane crashes are reported in the news, where car crashes are not.
 
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A light aircraft is safer than a large commercial aircraft, however the skill levels of the pilots is what causes a larger number of light aircraft crashes. To keep an Australian PPL current, a pilot must only fly once every two years (which a lot do). In 99% of cases it all turns out ok, however if the pilot encounters some kind of aircraft failure then the lack of recent experience will lead to a more serious problem (ie: a crash in some cases).

Just remember, if you're in a Piper Archer and suddenly the engine just stops, it's very easy to glide in and land in somebody's backyard - you can't do that in a 737
 

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Safest aircraft in the world by hours flown versus fatalities is actually a single engine helicopter - the bell Jetranger! Its also a lot of fun to fly!
 

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I think it's purely a numbers game.

Have a look at this CASA breakdown on number of aircraft by registration type: http://www.casa.gov.au/casadata/register/recentype.htm

I think that small single engine planes and small multi engine planes will make up a large proportion of crashes just due to their sheer volume of all registered aircraft.

There would be other factors involved (such as pilot training) I agree.
 

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danielribo said:
To keep an Australian PPL current, a pilot must only fly once every two years (which a lot do).
This is what made me give up flying. I realised that a gap had appeared between the amount I was prepared to fly (due to cost), and the amount I needed to do to stay safe.

Just remember, if you're in a Piper Archer and suddenly the engine just stops, it's very easy to glide in and land in somebody's backyard - you can't do that in a 737
Generally true, apart from a couple of famous gliding jet incidents!

Remember though, it is much more likely that the Piper's single engine will fail, compared with the likelihood that both of the 737s engines will fail (unless some bozo shuts down the good one after one fails, as happened in the UK once).

But I'm drifting off-topic. Very sad news to hear of the NT accident.
 

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markis10 said:
Safest aircraft in the world by hours flown versus fatalities is actually a single engine helicopter - the bell Jetranger! Its also a lot of fun to fly!
A rotary wing aircraft does not fly ... they are just so ugly that the earth repells them :p .
 

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Alan in CBR said:
Remember though, it is much more likely that the Piper's single engine will fail, compared with the likelihood that both of the 737s engines will fail (unless some bozo shuts down the good one after one fails, as happened in the UK once).

Look from the other perspective and if you have two engines then you have twice the probability of a failure. The important questions relate to the consequences of the failure. 8) :roll: :(
 

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NM said:
markis10 said:
Safest aircraft in the world by hours flown versus fatalities is actually a single engine helicopter - the bell Jetranger! Its also a lot of fun to fly!
A rotary wing aircraft does not fly ... they are just so ugly that the earth repells them :p .

No, they simply beat the air into submission. :p :p :p

-----------say he who flew six hours in a helicopter today :!: :oops: :oops: :oops:
 

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straitman said:
Look from the other perspective and if you have two engines then you have twice the probability of a failure. The important questions relate to the consequences of the failure. 8) :roll: :(
Looking purely at it from a statistical perspective, the probability of engine failure in a twin is more than double the probability of engine failure of a single.

We must remember that the two engines of a twin are not completely independent. There are some systems, and hence some failure modes, that are common to both engines on a twin. So a failure caused by a common system such as electrical or fuel (eg contamination) has the same probability for single and twin, while failure due to an independent system (ie physical failure of an engine component) is double on a twin by virtue of there being twice as many components each with the same individual failure probability.
 
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