I am not a pilot. Generally, I fly big commercial airlines rather than small planes. And like most of us, I rely on a leap of faith that the plane won’t crash. Otherwise, I would be wringing my seatmate’s hand and calling for Mommy on every flight.
So it’s always a surprise to me to read that an airplane of any kind – commercial airliner, private jet, or cargo plane – crashes because of poor maintenance. Of all the things that could go wrong, this is the no-brainer, the one over which we have the most control. Yet, it is one of the most frequent causes of airline disasters.