McFit boss Rainer Schaller had an accident off the coast of Costa Rica with his private jet. His partner and two children were also on board. And he is not the only German entrepreneur who recently had an accident with his own plane. The same fate befell the Cologne entrepreneur Peter Griesemann in September of this year. This raises the question: is flying in small planes more dangerous than in large planes?
McFit founder Rainer Schaller’s plane disappeared from radar on Friday (October 21). Wreckage, bags and two bodies have now been found in the sea. However, what is behind the crash is still unclear.
McFit: Airlines with different safety balance sheets
So are smaller private planes more at risk of crashing? This question does not depend on the aircraft model, as “Focus Online” writes. Business planes are checked by the authorities in the same way as planes from large airlines. But you have to make a difference with the machines of the different airlines. There are airlines with better and airlines with worse safety records. In addition, the individual countries have different levels of control.
The National Transportation Safety Board NTSB, which is responsible for investigating air accidents in the USA, provides figures for the USA. In 2019, the last year in which air travel was not affected by the pandemic, there were a total of four fatalities in two accidents in the cargo and passenger trades. For every 100,000 flight hours, that makes 0.010 fatal accidents.
McFit: More fatalities on private planes
In the case of so-called general aviation, the whole thing looked a lot more dramatic. General aviation includes, for example, planes operated privately or by companies for boardrooms. But recreational pilots and aerobatics are also included. And here the statistics are frightening: According to the NTSB, there were 233 accidents in the USA in this area with a total of 414 fatalities!
Calculated over 100,000 flight hours, this results in 1,064 fatal accidents! However, the area also includes very different areas and aircraft. On the other hand, general aviation training, deployment and maintenance are far less strict than with large providers, writes “Focus Online”.