A small jet crashed into houses near a small airport in Gaithersburg, MD on Monday, killing 3 people on the ground and all 3 people in the plane. The Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 was en-route to the Montgomery County Airpark when it crashed about a mile from the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported 1,222 General Aviation accidents in 2013, with 221 General Aviation fatalities (General Aviation is all civilian aviation excluding scheduled airlines).
General aviation is more than 50 times as dangerous as commercial, scheduled airlines - the NTSB reported 5.85 accidents in 2013 per 100,000 flight hours for General Aviation compared to .117 accidents per 100,000 flight hours for scheduled airlines.
An airport expansion leading to more General Aviation air traffic in Readington increases the probability of accidents, threatening residences as well as the Holland Brook, Readington, and Three Bridges schools, all of which are under a flight path for Solberg Airport.
Citizens for Readington opposes an expansion of Solberg Airport that would lead to increased corporate jet traffic.
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Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100
December 9, 2014