I saw poster for pilots once. It read: "Even more so than the Sea, Flying an aircraft is extremely intolerant of mistakes"
I took some flying lessons. The safety procedures they drill into your head is something that sticks to you. Especially if you read about accident reports. The biggest causes of aircraft crashes is due to weather. Followed up by pilot's decisions that under estimate weather conditions along with terrain. They even have an acronym for it: "F.I.T." = Flight Into Terrain.
In addition, many pilots run into a situation where the weather/visiblity is borderline VFR or IFR...meaning you can see and navigate by visual in some places, but not in others. When in doubt, fly by Instruments. But you have to be a pilot who is instrument rated. If you're not, you just don't fly. Remember John Kennedy Junior? Him, his wife, and a few others perished in the sea while flying to Martha's Vineyard. He flew his Piper out into the Ocean to avoid the fog, then got disoriented because he was a VFR only pilot, ran out of fuel, and put the plane down. All of them drowned less than 50 miles off the Mass. shoreline.
The day Kobe's S76 went down in Southern California, most of the coastal plains where quite foggy. I know because I was out riding my N1k. It was THICK fog too. The only areas that were not fogged in were the inland mountains, which were at least 25 miles from the coast. Where the helicopter went down, it was foggy and not somewhere you want to be flying low and slow.