December 5, 2011
Four people have been killed following a plane crash that occurred Saturday afternoon in the area of Silverton, Colorado. According to Channel 9 News, three of the individuals who died were employees of Alpine Banks of Colorado, and the fourth was the husband of one of the employees.
Chairman of the bank, Bob Young, confirmed the deaths Monday, saying the group was flying from Durango, Colorado, to a Snowmass Resort in Aspen for a company holiday party. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman, Mike Fergus, has not released much information surrounding the cause of the crash, but confirmed the Socata TB-21 aircraft went down in a mountainous region during an onslaught of bad weather that included frigid temperatures and heavy snow.
Numbers show that pilot errors are attributed to only about half of all plane crashes that occur in the United States. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has also acknowledged this finding and added that most crashes occur not at take off or landing, but during the cruise stage of the flight. They say that 57 percent of all airborne fatalities occur during cruising. The NTSB says it recognizes that close to 95 percent of all aviation fatalities occur in the private sector.
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