General aviation fatal accidents: How do they happen? A review of general aviation fatal accidents 1991 to 2000


The vast majority of Australian civil fatal aircraft accidents occur in general aviation (GA) operations. This study examined Australian civil GA fatal accidents for the period 1991 to 2000, and covers fatal accident numbers and rates by aircraft type and operational grouping, timing of accidents, injury levels, pilot demographics and fatal accident types. Between 1991 and 2000 inclusive, there were 215 fatal accidents and 413 associated fatalities. Over the ten-year period there were 1.2 GA fatal accidents per 100,000 hours flown. The annual fatal accident rate decreased from 1.6 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours flown in 1991 to 0.9 in 2000. While this decrease was not statistically significant, subsequent data to the end of 2002 do indicate a statistically significant decrease. Statistically significant variations were identified at certain times of the day and week, indicating that occurrences were more likely to be fatal accidents at certain times. Reasons for this could not be clearly identified.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 20 June 2004
ISBN: 1 877071 749
Publication number: B2004/0010
Related: General Aviation
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