A 43-year-old man was killed in Leflore County, Oklahoma last month in a small aircraft accident, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred around 7:45 pm on May 26 when witnesses saw the man’s Tera Motor Ultralight aircraft spiraling upward then nosediving close to Arkoma. For about 25 minutes, witnesses saw the aircraft flying in a steep banked spiral before the ultimate collision.
According to police, the impact on the ground triggered an explosion.
Richard Biggerstaff Jr of Midland, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation although weather is not believed to have contributed. The sky was clear at the time of the accident.
Plane accidents are not common, but they are most likely to involve small aircraft. Every year, about 400 people are killed in small plane accidents. According to research, small planes are about as dangerous as cars and these accidents can be attributed to many causes. Small plane operators are typically flown by people who are not professional pilots but amateurs. Regulations are much looser for amateur pilots who are not required to log as many hours for certification. These planes can also land at airports without paved runways. Most small plane accidents are caused by loss of in-flight control, controlled flight into terrain (or an inability to see an obstacle in time), and running out of fuel.