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NTSB, Annual Aviation Statistics General Aviation Accidents Continue To Fall
 
 

August 6, 2013 - The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics showing U.S. civil aviation accidents fell from 1,550 in 2011 to 1,539 in 2012. For the third year in row, there were no fatal accidents involving scheduled Part 121 operations (commercial air transport).  

In addition, there were no fatal accidents involving scheduled Part 135 operations (commuter), the sixth year in a row that this segment of aviation experienced no fatalities. 

For the general aviation community, the results were mixed. Although the number of total accidents (1,471) and fatal accidents (271) increased from the previous year, there were fewer (432) fatalities and the accident rate per 100,000 flight hours declined to 6.78. 

 
Finally, on-demand Part 135 operations, which include charter, air taxi, air tour, and air medical flights, posted decreases across all measures. In 2012, the number of total accidents, fatal accidents, fatalities, and the accident rate per 100,000 flight hours for these operations decreased from the previous year.

Notes data listed below are preliminary. Flight hours and departures are compiled and estimated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On-Demand Part 135 and General Aviation flight hours are estimated by the FAA's General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics (GAATAA) Survey. This survey is conducted and made available in the year following the target year, but is not available at the time when NTSB prepares these annual summary statistics. 

For the purposes of these data, the FAA provides a preliminary estimate of flight activity based on previous year's survey data and trends in tower counts. Departure information for On-Demand Part 135 operations and general aviation is not available. Accidents and fatalities in the categories do not necessarily sum to the figures in U.S. civil aviation because of collisions involving aircraft in different categories.                     

U.S. air carriers operating under 14 CFR Part 135 were as previously referred to as Scheduled and Nonscheduled Services. Current tables now refer to these same air carriers as Commuter Operations and On-Demand Operations, respectively, in order to be consistent with definitions in 14 CFR 119.3 and terminology used in 14 CFR 135.1. On-Demand Part 135 operations encompass charters, air taxis, air tours, or medical services (when a patient is on board).

 

 

Accidents 2012 Accidents Fatalities     Accidents
per 100,000
Flight Hours
Accidents per 100,000 Departures
  All Fatal Total Aboard Flight Hours Departures All Fatal All Fatal
U.S. air carriers operating under 14 CFR 121
Scheduled
Nonscheduled
U.S. air carriers operating under 14 CFR 135 Commuter
On-Demand
U.S. general aviation
U.S. civil aviation
Other accidents in the U.S.
Foreign registered aircraft
U.S. registered aircraft operated
by foreign air carriers
Unregistered aircraft
Military aircraft that collided with civil aircraft
U.S. registered aircraft operated abroad by foreign air carriers
-
27
0
-
4
37
1,471
1,539
-
15
0
-
7
-
-
-
0
0
-
0
9
271
280
-
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
0
0
-
0
15
432
447
-
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
0
0
-
0
15
432
447
-
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
17,449,000
453,000
-
319,700
2,902,000
21,697,000
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9,269,200
150,362
-
598,000
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
0.155
-
-
1.251
1.27
6.78
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
0.31
1.24
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
0.291
-
-
0.669
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

 
 
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