Many Small Plane Crashes Avoidable With Better Pilot Training, NTSB Says

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1. Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen! -- don't let shortness of time or financial incentives lead you to skipping or ignoring signs of a problem. 2. Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance -- about 2/3 of accidents occur during inclement weather so be aware that spatial disorientation could be a problem. 3. Avoid Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude -- be aware of conditions your conditions and avoid distractions. 4. Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety -- system or component failures are among most common reasons for fatality, so make sure maintenance and inspections follow protocol. 5. Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety -- understand that several small risks equal a big one.

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