Are Cessnas and General Aviation Planes Safe?

ABC News, Charleston, wants your opinion on whether general aviation planes are safe. Under the opinion that small planes are safe, Steven Barbieri offers the following. Light planes are less likely to crumple on impact and they are easier to land in the event of engine failure or other incident.

So why were there 1,669 small-plane accidents last year compared to only 39 commercial airplane crashes? Apparently, according to the ABC News report, of the 1,669 accidents, 300 involved fatalities. But despite these figures, Barbieri says small airplanes are very safe and that the reason there are more small-plane incidents is because there are more small planes to begin with. It’s a numbers thing for Barbieri.