Are Small Planes Safe?

When it comes to flying, it is common for many people to develop a fear of it.

The standard planes we know of are large, however how have you ever wondered if matters of safety change when we are talking about small planes?

In this article, we will be gaining an understanding of small planes and deciding whether they are truly safe.

Are Small Planes Safe?

Are Small Planes Safe?

Are small planes safe? The short answer is yes. Small planes are generally safer than larger ones because they are less likely to crash.

In fact, the odds of dying in a plane accident are lower than those who die from car accidents or drownings.

Airlines around the globe operate thousands of flights every day. While some of these flights are long distance, many are local trips.

If you want to travel by air, you should always check the safety record of the airline before booking tickets.

Small planes are generally safer than large ones because they are less prone to crashing.

However, they are also much smaller, which means they carry fewer passengers. This makes them less profitable for airlines, which leads to higher prices.

What Are The Physical Differences Between Small & Large Planes?

There are several differences between large and small planes. Here we will discuss some of these differences.


Size refers to the length, width, height, weight and volume of a plane. This includes the wingspan and tailplane. Larger planes tend to be heavier and larger than smaller ones.


Most people associate weight with weightiness. However, weight does not only refer to the amount of material used in a plane’s construction. Weight also refers to the total mass of the plane.

Larger planes tend to weigh more than smaller ones.


Most planes have a certain maximum length. This means that they cannot exceed this limit without having their safety compromised. 


Width refers to the distance between the two sides of a plane. In general, wider planes are safer than narrower ones. Length tends to be more important than width when determining the safety of a plane.


Height refers to the distance from the top of a plane to its bottom. Most planes have a minimum height requirement.

If a plane exceeds this limit, it can become unstable or even fall out of the sky. Larger planes tend to have higher heights than smaller ones.

Small Planes Vs Large Planes: What Is Safer?

When you think of a plane, you probably picture something that looks like a Boeing 747 or Airbus A380. These aircrafts can hold hundreds of passengers and have huge wingspans.

They are big enough to make your head spin just looking at their size!

However, there are other kinds of planes that are not as well known. There are even planes that are so small that they don’t even fit on an airport runway!

These planes are called microlights. You might have heard of them if you live near a city with a lot of airports.

Microlight planes are usually single-engine propeller driven airplanes. They are very popular among pilots because they are easy to fly and maneuver. They are also easier to control and maintain than multi-engine planes.

When it comes to deciding which plane is safer – large or small – it is hard to tell.

Whilst smaller planes can be seen as generally safer, in 2017 (the safest year for air travel to date) there was not a single plane fatality from a large plane.

With a topic such as air travel, it is not easy to compare small planes to large planes but instead to look at them separately.

Why Do Small Aircrafts Crash?

It is normal for accidents to occur (this is why many are afraid to fly), and whether this be from a large plane or a small plane, there are always reasons behind it.

The main reason why small aircraft crash is pilot error. It is important to note that small aircraft do not necessarily mean small in terms of size. Microlight aircraft are often as big as a typical car.

Pilot error is the most common cause of accidents involving small aircraft. Pilots need to keep track of what is happening around them and be aware of potential hazards.

Pilots must also pay attention to weather conditions. For example, if the wind speed increases rapidly, then the pilot may need to adjust his/her flight path accordingly.

If you are thinking about flying, it is important to know all the rules and regulations regarding small planes. Make sure you understand how to use the controls properly and avoid any distractions. 

Flying A Small Plane: Safety Tips

You do not always need to be a passenger to be wary of small planes. As the one flying, it is important to know how safe a small plane is as well as how to operate one safely.

Below, we will be guiding you through what to be aware of both before you take off and when landing.

Before You Take Off

  • Make sure you have everything you need with you.
  • Check the weather forecast to see if bad weather is expected.
  • Know where you are going.
  • Keep your phone charged.
  • Use your headset when communicating with others.
  • Use autopilot if available.
  • Be aware of nearby traffic.
  • Take off slowly.


  • Follow the instructions given by the ground controller.
  • Do not overshoot the landing area.
  • Avoid obstacles.
  • Avoid high winds.
  • Don’t forget to check the weather before landing.

Final Thoughts

Small planes are fun to fly and are great for beginners. They are also great to ride in as a passenger. However, it is important to remember that safety precautions should never be ignored. 

Always follow the rules and regulations set out by the authorities. Furthermore, know that planes in general (whether big or small) are safe when operated safely and properly.

 Above, we have discussed small planes and how safe they are. As with everything, there is always a chance for accidents, however small planes are generally safe as can be.

Jacob Stern
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