NTSB preparing videos on GA safety alerts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is preparing short videos about five safety alerts for general aviation covering the most frequent types of GA accidents. The videos will be available this spring and feature regional air safety investigators sharing their experiences and observations of the various accidents they investigate.

The NTSB investigates about 1,500 GA accidents each year and finds the five subjects to be covered in the videos the most common reasons for the accidents.

“We see the same types of accidents over and over again,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “What’s especially tragic is that so many of these accidents are preventable.”

The agency released five safety alerts Tuesday, March 12. They are short information sheets that pinpoint a particular safety hazard and offer practical remedies to address the issue. The alerts and subjects of the videos are:

  1. Is your aircraft talking to you? (Listen and watch for signs of aircraft trouble.)
  2. Reduced visual references require vigilance
  3. Avoid aerodynamic stalls at low altitude
  4. Mechanics: Manage risks to ensure safety
  5. Pilots: Manage risks to ensure safety

The first three subjects relate to the most frequent causes of GA accidents, in which some 475 pilots and passengers lose their lives annually, NTSB officials said. The alerts and the videos are based on what the accident investigators find most often and offer advice on how best to avoid mistakes.

For more information: NTSB.gov

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