NTSB 2011 Accident Statistics Show Uptick

 - April 30, 2012, 4:20 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that U.S.civil aviation accidents showed a slight uptick in 2011 over 2010. For a second year in a row, there were no Part 121 accidents. Part 135 on-demand charters did reveal a marked increase, however.

U.S. civil aviation accidents rose slightly from 1,500 in 2010 to 1,550 in 2011, while fatalities increased, from 469 to 485 in the same period. All of the fatalities were in general aviation and on-demand Part 135 operations.

Total accidents involving on-demand Part 135 operations climbed from 31 in 2010 to 50 in 2011, while fatal accidents rose from six to 16 and fatalities rose from 17 to 41.