July Is the Deadliest Month for Helicopter Accidents
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team warned rotorcraft pilots to be extra cautious while flying next month because July typically sees more fatal accidents than any other month of the year, usually three or four accidents, representing approximately 13 percent of the annual total. The industry normally records approximately 20 fatal accidents during the rest of the year. The helicopter safety team believes the reasons for these July accidents vary, although the following three primary causes appear to stand out: collisions with wires or trees, mechanical problems and poor weather. More than half of fatal accidents in July during the past decade stemmed from these three causes. Before 2006, the number of worldwide civil helicopter accidents was rising by 2.5 percent per year; however, since then the number has been dropping by 2 percent annually.