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Fatalities and Survival
2010-03-18

Fatalities and Survival
  • 90% of people involved in ditching accidents survive.
  • Only 1 out of every 6 airplane accidents results in anyone being hurt or killed.
  • Any accident that occurs in normal landing sequence and configuration has 80% survival rate.
  • In 1991 41,150 died in auto accidents, only 49 died in major commercial airline accidents.
  • 46% of flying fatalities are weather related.
  • 1/3 of serious accidents are cause by poor preflight inspections
  • 50% of fatal accidents caused by a series of judgmental errors.
  • Flying less than 10 hours in 30 days or less than 25 hours in 90 days greatly increases accident vulnerability.
  • From '75 to '86 VFR into IFR had 4% of accidents and 19% of fatalities.
  • Fatalities occurred in 72% of the VFR into IFR accidents from '75 to '86
  • BFR (Biennial Flight Review) does not seem to detect flying deficiencies.
  • Add 10-15 % to takeoff/landing performance data to account for present aircraft performance since new.
  • A 2% uphill gradient can add 50% to the takeoff distance under adverse conditions.
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