Even with thousands of flights and millions of Americans flying daily, air travel is considered among one of the safest methods of transportation. Although we often hear about serious plane crashes occurring across the world, often taking the lives of hundreds of passengers at a time, these accidents are quite rare. Smaller planes are not immune to accidents either, although many are not reported and do not make national or even local headlines. This doesn't mean that such non-commercial small aircraft accidents don't lead to injuries or fatalities as well.
Considering the complexity of planes and air travel in general, it should come as no surprise that there are also countless causes for such accidents, both large and small. Common reasons for an accident include but are not limited to: faulty equipment, aircraft design issues or human error, such as pilot error or negligence by flight service station employees, federal air traffic controllers or violations of Federal Aviation Administration regulations.