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Preliminary 2009 Accident Report

by John M. White |

Early indications are that 2009 was a slightly better year than the average for commercial aviation, according to the NLR-Air Transport Safety Institute. With a total of 79 deaths worldwide compared to the annual average of 830 deaths 2009 was a good year for aviation safety. There were a total of 111 accidents reported for the year, of which 20 had fatalities. For the last 10 years we have averaged 135 accidents per year, of which 28 - on average - result in fatalities. These figures are for aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds.
If we take the preceding three years and calculate the likelihood of a fatal crash occurring the incidence would be 1 fatal crash per 1,700,000 flights. Even though commercial aviation safety has gradually improved in recent years there has been a noticeable stagnation in the improvement of aviation safety over the past few years.Boeing 737 Crash Despite all of the external threats from terrorists and the like commercial aviation remains safer than driving your car, mile for mile. In addition, of the 20 fatal accidents in 2009 9 of them were with cargo aircraft and not passenger aircraft. Once again it appears that aircraft take-off and landings present the greatest hazard, with a noticible increase in recent years of runway over runs. Although officials have been studying crew duty times for some 20 years without any new recommendations crew fatigue remains a major problem in aviation. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Whenever we talk about a pilot who has been killed in a flying accident, we should all keep one thing in mind. He called upon the sum of all his knowledge and made a judgment. He believed in it so strongly that he knowingly bet his life on it. That his judgment was faulty is a tragedy, not stupidity. Every instructor, supervisor, and contemporary who ever spoke to him had an opportunity to influence his judgment, so a little bit of all of us goes with every pilot we lose. — author unknown

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