Wed, Apr 16, 2008
GA Accidents Up, But Fatalities Down To Lowest Levels In 40
Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released
preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2007.
The Safety Board's aviation accident statistics show while the
overall number of general aviation accidents rose from 1,518 in
2006 to 1,631 in 2007, the number of fatalities in 2007 was down
from 703 to 491. That 30 percent decrease resulted in the lowest
annual total in more than 40 years.
In 2007, there were 24 nonfatal accidents involving Part 121
airlines (aircraft with 10 or more seats). One fatality occurred
involving a nonscheduled Part 121 aircraft when a mechanic was
fatally injured while working on a Boeing 737 in Tunica, MS.
No fatalities occurred among Part 135 commuter operators (fewer
than 10 seats).
"The US aviation industry has produced an admirable safety
record in recent years," said NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.
"However, we must not become complacent. We must continue to
take the lessons learned from our investigations and use them to
create even safer skies for all aircraft operators and their
Not all the news was so encouraging, however. According to NTSB
records, on-demand (charters, air taxis, air tours and medical
services when a patient is on board) Part 135 operations reported
43 fatalities (62 accidents, 14 fatal accidents), up from the 16
fatalities that occurred in 2006.
Foreign-registered aircraft accounted for 11 accidents in the US
in 2007, with three fatalities from a single fatal accident. Of the
14 accidents involving unregistered aircraft, six were fatal and
resulted in seven fatalities.
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