WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five general aviation safety alerts were issued by the National Transportation Board the week before Christmas, citing the government agency’s focus on reducing GA accidents.
“Knowing these accidents, which sometimes include entire families, can be prevented is why ‘general aviation safety’ is on our most wanted list of transportation safety improvements,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said.
These five alerts for general aviation are in addition to 25 others issued since 2004.
The five safety alerts are:
- Check your restraints
- Engine power loss due to carburetor icing
- “Armed” for safety: Emergency Locator Transmitters
- All secure, All clear (securing items in the aircraft cabin)
- Proper use of fiber or nylon self-locking nuts
Each year the NTSB investigates about 1,500 GA accidents. About 475 pilots and passengers are killed and others are seriously injured in GA accidents every year in the United States.
While this number might seem high to many, it is extremely small in comparison when placed against the number transported in general aviation aircraft.
Several years ago, one aviation notable pointed out that each year considerably more people travel in GA aircraft than go into America’s hospitals, but more persons die from hospital accidents than in GA aircraft.