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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NTSB: Civil Aviation Accidents Down in 2012

Civil aviation accidents in the Unites States fell from 1,550 in 2011 to 1,539 in 2012, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday. 
NTSB's statistics show that across all segments of aviation, excluding general aviation (GA), there were fewer accidents and fatalities in 2012 than the previous year. Last year was the third year in a row that commercial air carriers experienced no fatal accidents, a stat that will change this year due to the recent Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. 

The total number of fatal accidents for general aviation operators increased slightly from 268 in 2011 to 271 in 2012. Officials from FAA and NTSB have recently expressed a need for improvements in GA safety. When Congress returns from its August recess, the Senate will take up the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which would reduce certification costs for manufacturers looking to get safety enhancing technologies into the cockpits of smaller GA aircraft.


Related: Aviation Today's Checklist 

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