Aviation occurrence statistics: 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2009


Each year, 'responsible persons', as defined in the Transport Safety Investigation Regulations 2003, Part 2.5, provide the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) with reports on aviation accidents and incidents, collectively termed occurrences. These reports are used by the ATSB to assist with the independent investigation of occurrences and for identifying safety trends.

This report provides aviation occurrence data for the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2009. The data contained herein is dynamic and subject to change pending the provision of new information to the ATSB. The data will be adjusted biannually to reflect new information received during the reporting

For commercial air transport (high capacity regular public transport (RPT), low capacity RPT and charter), although the accident rate had climbed in 2007 and 2008, the number of accidents reduced from 29 (2008) to 11 in 2009. This accident trend was mostly driven by changes in the accident rate for charter operations. Similarly, the number of serious incidents for commercial air transport reduced from 45 (2007 and 2008) to 26 in 2009. There were no fatal air transport accidents in 2009. One significant accident in 2009 involved the tail scrape and runway excursion at takeoff of a foreign-registered Airbus A340-500 in Melbourne on 20 March. Charter has an accident rate that is about five times that of low capacity and high capacity RPT. Most fatal accidents in commercial air transport are in charter operations, and it has a similar rate of fatal accidents to all general aviation.

For general aviation (aerial work, flying training, and private/business and (VH-registered) sport aviation), accidents and serious incidents have remained generally consistent since 2007. In 2009, there were 126 accidents, including 18 fatal accidents, and 95 serious incidents. Compared with flying training, aerial work has an accident rate per million hours that is two times higher, and private/business has an accident rate that is 2.5 times higher. In terms of fatal accidents per million hours, the fatality rate in aerial work is three times higher than flying training, and private/business is at least six times higher.

Type: Statistical Publication
Investigation number: AR2009016(3)
Author(s): ATSB
Publication date: 31 May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-74251-058-3
ISSN: 1837-2430
Publication number: AR-2009-016(3)
Last update 07 April 2014
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