Fatal GA accidents down

Fatal accidents declined in 2007, according to the just-released AOPA Air Safety Foundation 19th annual Joseph T. Nall Report, a comprehensive analysis of what kinds of accidents pilots have, and why.

The report looks at general aviation accidents that occurred in 2007 involving light, fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs. 2007 is the most recent year for which final reports for virtually all accidents are available from the National Transportation Safety Board. The report identifies several bright spots, but also areas of concern, according to AOPA officials.

The number of accidents increased in 2007, which is worrisome, but the number of fatalities declined, as did the rate of fatal accidents, which fell more than would be anticipated by a declining number of flight hours, indicating a real reduction.

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