Safety Improved in All Aviation Segments Last Year
The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation having the lowest number of accidents in 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. Last year, on-demand Part 135 operators had 54 accidents, down almost 20 percent from 2005, with 10 of those accidents resulting in 16 fatalities. The number of air-taxi accidents has been decreasing steadily over the past 10 years, while the hours flown by these air carriers have steadily increased. In 2006, commuter operators experienced only three accidents, one of them fatal, resulting in two fatalities. The decline in the number of GA accidents was due in part to a steady decrease in the amount of flight activity. Since 1990, GA hours flown have declined 20 percent, and as a consequence, the GA accident rate has stayed relatively stable in that period, averaging approximately 7.5 accidents per 100,000 flight hours.