General aviation accidents continue to occur for many of the same reasons. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued five specific recommendations aimed at pinpointing the most common hazards, while offering potential remedies.
Three of the recommendations focus on in-flight hazards, including controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). The Board lists these under the headings: Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!, Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance and Avoid Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude. The other two–Managing Pilot and Mechanic Risks–look specifically at how to mitigate hazards while aircraft are still on the ground. “What’s especially tragic is that so many…accidents are entirely preventable,” said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman.
NTSB investigators posted online the presentations they used to support the Board’s decisions. The Board also plans to roll out a number of new video productions this spring that highlight these five safety recommendations.