Deadly Plane Crash Sparks Wildfire

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(ReliableNews.org) – Flying on an airplane is fairly safe from a statistical perspective. The odds of an average American getting killed in a plane crash is about 1 in 11 million. By comparison, the risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident increases to 1 in 5,000. However, typically everyone on board gets killed when a plane crashes. Such was the case in a recent crash that sparked a small wildfire.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that a twin-engine Bombardier CL 600 jet crashed while attempting to land at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Monday, July 26. Initial reports placed the death toll at three. However, Andrew Trygg, public information officer with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, later stated four passengers and two crew members died in the crash.

The aircraft burst into flames when it crashed, setting off a wildfire. Fortunately, authorities were able to quickly extinguish it before it significantly spread.

Of particular concern is the nation’s recent history of deadly wildfires. As of July 28, the National Interagency Fire Center listed 37,009 instances of wildfires so far in 2021, which burned a total of 3,392,053 acres. A total of 81 of those wildfires were considered large.

Officials haven’t identified the victims yet. DNA identification results are pending due to the plane’s fiery crash.

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