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NTSB Aviation Accidents At Lowest Level In Last 20 Years

By Jim  Douglas
 
 

April 9, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board today released preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2009 showing an overall decrease in U. S. civil aviation accidents that includes general aviation and on-demand Part 135 operations. 

In fact, on-demand Part 135 operations had the lowest number of accidents and fatal accidents for that type of air operation in the last 2 decades. 

The total number of U.S. civil aviation accidents decreased from 1,658 in 2008 to 1,551 in 2009. Total fatalities also showed a decrease from 566 to 534. The majority of these fatalities occurred in general aviation and scheduled Part 121 operations. 

General aviation accidents decreased from 1,566 in 2008 to 1,474 in 2009. There were 272 fatal general aviation accidents, down from 275 the year before. However, the accident rate increased to 7.20 per 100,000 flight hours in 2009 from 6.86 in 2008, due to the decrease in the number total of flight hours.  Although fatalities decreased from 494 to 474, the fatal accident rate increased to from 1.21 to 1.33. 

Last year, one fatal accident occurred involving a scheduled Part 121 operator.  On February 12, 2009, a Colgan Air, Inc., Bombardier DHC-8- 400, operating as Continental Connection flight 3407, crashed outside of Buffalo , New York, resulting in 50 fatalities. 

On-demand Part 135 operations reported 47 accidents in 2009, a decrease from 58 in 2008. Fatalities also decreased from 69 in 2008 to 17 in 2009.  The accident rate decreased to 1.63 per 100,000 flight hours in 2009 from 1.81 in 2008.

 

Accidents, Fatalities, and Rates, 1990 through 2009,
for U.S. Air Carriers Operating Under 14 CFR 121, Scheduled and Nonscheduled Service (Airlines)

 

Accidents

Fatalities

 

Accidents
per 100,000
Flight Hours

Accidents
per 1,000,000
Miles Flown

Accidents per
100,000 Departures

Year

All

Fatal

Total

Aboard

Flight Hours

Miles Flown

Departures

All

Fatal

All

Fatal

All

Fatal

1990

24

6

39

12

12,150,116

4,947,832,000

8,092,306

0.198

0.049

0.0049

0.0012

0.297

0.074

1991

26

4

62

49

11,780,610

4,824,824,000

7,814,875

0.221

0.034

0.0054

0.0008

0.333

0.051

1992

18

4

33

31

12,359,715

5,039,435,000

7,880,707

0.146

0.032

0.0036

0.0008

0.228

0.051

1993

23

1

1

0

12,706,206

5,249,469,000

8,073,173

0.181

0.008

0.0044

0.0002

0.285

0.012

1994*

23

4

239

237

13,124,315

5,478,118,000

8,238,306

0.168

0.030

0.0040

0.0007

0.267

0.049

1995

36

3

168

162

13,505,257

5,654,069,000

8,457,465

0.267

0.022

0.0064

0.0005

0.426

0.035

1996

37

5

380

350

13,746,112

5,873,108,000

8,228,810

0.269

0.036

0.0063

0.0009

0.450

0.061

1997

49

4

8

6

15,838,109

6,696,638,000

10,318,383

0.309

0.025

0.0073

0.0006

0.475

0.039

1998

50

1

1

0

16,816,555

6,736,543,000

10,979,762

0.297

0.006

0.0074

0.0001

0.455

0.009

1999

51

2

12

11

17,555,208

7,101,314,000

11,308,762

0.291

0.011

0.0072

0.0003

0.451

0.018

2000

56

3

92

92

18,299,257

7,524,027,000

11,468,229

0.306

0.016

0.0074

0.0004

0.488

0.026

2001*

46

6

531

525

17,814,191

7,294,191,000

10,954,832

0.236

0.011

0.0058

0.0003

0.383

0.018

2002

41

0

0

0

17,290,198

7,192,501,000

10,508,473

0.237

-

0.0057

-

0.390

-

2003

54

2

22

21

17,467,700

7,280,383,000

10,433,164

0.309

0.011

0.0074

0.0003

0.518

0.019

2004

30

2

14

14

18,882,503

7,930,159,000

11,023,128

0.159

0.011

0.0038

0.0003

0.272

0.018

2005

40

3

22

20

19,390,029

8,165,643,000

11,130,407

0.206

0.015

0.0049

0.0004

0.359

0.027

2006

33

2

50

49

19,263,209

8,139,357,000

10,820,915

0.171

0.010

0.0041

0.0002

0.305

0.018

2007

28

1

1

1

19,637,322

8,315,905,000

10,928,432

0.143

0.005

0.0034

0.0001

0.256

0.009

2008

28

2

3

1

19,097,962

8,068,288,000

10,437,197

0.147

0.010

0.0034

0.0002

0.268

0.019

2009

30

2

52

51

18,001,000

7,557,161,000

10,349,200

0.167

0.011

0.0040

0.0003

0.290

0.019

 
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