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Small Planes, Helicopters Crash Three Times A Day in U.S.

The danger of private airplanes and helicopters known as "general aviation" far exceeds that of airline flight. In 2013 alone there were 1,199 general-aviation crashes more than three per day on average.

While the airline crash rate has plummeted to near zero, the general-aviation rate is unchanged from 15 years ago and roughly 40 times higher than for airlines.

No other country experiences anything similar. The U.S. has more than twice as many general-aviation aircraft as every other nation combined.

See USA Today investigative report (June 2014)

Accidents at or near Hayward Airport

Helicopter Pilot Dies in Crash at Airport (July 16, 2019)

Helicopter Forced Down over Golf Course (Dec. 29, 2018)

Plane Headed to Hayward Airport Lands on Nearby Freeway (Aug. 12, 2018)

Plane Lands at Airport without Landing Gear (July 25, 2017)

Plane Veers off Runway at Hayward Airport (Oct. 18, 2016)

Small Plane Crashes on BART Tracks (June 19, 2016)

Student Pilot Veers off Runway (April 28, 2016)

Small Plane Crashes at Golf Course (Feb. 15, 2015)

FAA Says Hayward Airport Pilot Training School Violated Rules (Nov. 30, 2010)

Twin-engine Aircraft Hits Building, Crashes at Airport (Sept. 17, 2009)

Pilot Crashes Because He Forgets to Set Landing Gear (May 16, 2008)

Chabot College Instructor Lands at Airport without Landing Gear (March 4, 2008)

Departing Plane Crashes Near San Lorenzo Homes (June 27, 2006)

Hayward Plane Crashes Near Winton Avenue (April 13, 2005)

Hayward Plane Lands on Castro Valley Freeway (May 25, 2004)

Pilot of Experimental Aircraft Loses Control While Landing at Hayward (May 19, 2003)

Plane Crashes in Hayward Hills, Kills Pilot (Nov. 27, 2002)

Helicopter Crashes at Hayward Airport (Oct. 18, 2002)

Student Helicopter Pilot Crashes at Hayward Airport (July 3, 2001)

Plane Crashes on Hayward Airport Runway (May 7, 2001)

Helicopter Forced to Land in San Lorenzo Resident's Front Yard (March 20, 2001)

Equipment Failure Forces Pilot to Crash-land at Hayward Airport (Dec. 12, 1999)

Plane Crash-lands at Southland Mall (July 27, 1999)

Small Plane Lands on Freeway (July 25, 1999)

Plane Crashes into Hayward Apartment Complex — Two Dead (April 24, 1999)

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