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Fatal crashes highlight need for insurance

November 28, 2011, 04:51 pm

Unexpected problems and malfunctions occur in small planes, thus pilots should be prepared with adequate pilot insurance to protect against unfortunate events.

A small plane recently crashed north of Casper, Idaho, killing an orthodontist from Lander. Local News 8 reported that Brent Bills was flying the twin-engine Cessna 337 from Rawlins to Casper when he missed the approach to the Casper airport by about 8 miles. At this point, the plane was no longer on radar and did not have radio contact, leaving officials unsure as to the cause of the crash.

Another single-engine plane recently crashed at the Ponoma Fairplex in California killing the pilot, Norman Francis Boxley. The victim was found dead at the crash site on the horsetrack of the Fairplex, south of the Brackett Airfield where he was trying to land. Officials identified the pilot by his fingerprints,, the Pasadena Star News reported.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Boxley had been flying for more than 25 years, and left behind a wife, son and daughter. The National Transportation Safety Board does not know the cause of the crash yet, but they believe the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing when he crashed into the racetrack. 

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