Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
May 5, 2008
Albany-- How safe are you if you go up in a small plane? Three men from Alabama were killed over the weekend in Sumter County when their plane crashed on takeoff from Souther Field. It's the latest in several recent Georgia crashes.
It seems commercial flying has never been safer but right now federal investigators are looking into hundreds of private plane crashes.
Last year there were more than 1,600 small plane accidents and nearly 500 fatalities. Compare that to 24 large aircraft accidents and zero deaths. It has a lot to do with everything from altitudes to experience and something very important--training.
The sounds of the plane propeller caught Clay Bigelow's attention early. "Since I was about 15," said Bigelow.
Now some years later, he's taking the necessary lessons to make a childhood dream a reality. "It's something I've always wanted to do," said Bigelow.
The Cessna 172 he's learning to fly is a far cry from the flight simulator he played with as a teenager. "It's a little more difficult than I thought it would be," said Bigelow. Sights like the mangled wreckage left from a deadly Sumter County crash over the weekend show just how difficult real flying can be.
"It bothers me anytime something like that happens," said pilot and flight instructor Scott Gatlin.
Unfortunately, it's happened several times lately. "Spring time," said Gatlin, "more people are flying."
That's why Gatlin makes sure future pilots have what it takes to take to the skies. "By the time they get to the point where they can become a pilot in command and can actually haul passengers, they have to have between 40 and 60 hours of comprehensive training," said Gatlin. Pilots are taught that a lot of the safety begins with them.
"95 percent of the time when a small plane crashes, it's due to pilot error," said Gatlin.
Before pilots take off, they have to make sure everything on the plane is on the up and up. "Anything that man makes can break," said Gatlin.
Bigelow takes several minutes to inspect attachment points, check fuel levels and look for any damage as part of a required pre-flight inspection. Taking timeout can make a big difference. Bigelow isn't very worried though.
"If I follow the procedures I'm getting taught then I'll be fine," said Bigelow.
It won't be long until the long-awaited day. "Hopefully not too much longer," said Bigelow. That's when he'll be solo in the skies.
Already on just the 5th day of May, there were 4 small plane crashes nationwide. Two of those have been here in Georgia. Scott Gatlin says plane crashes are always going to be shocking because they happen less often than motor vehicle accidents.
The aviation industry says contrary to what some may think, it's safer to fly than drive. The number of general aviation accidents rose last year by more than 100 but the number of fatalities went down by 30-percent.