NTSB releases report on 2015 air accident rates

In 2015, U.S. air carriers were involved in 30 accidents, two less than 2014, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) annual accident summary. None of the accidents were fatal.

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The report, Summary of U.S. Civil Aviation Accidents for Calendar Year (CY) 2015, used data that was updated last month.

The accident rate for U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations Part 121 air carriers in 2015 was 0.167 per 100,000 flight hours. The previous year, the rate was 0.18 per 100,000 hours.

U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations Part 135 commuter and on-demand carriers had 43 accidents in 2015. Eight of the accidents were fatal, resulting in 28 fatalities.

For general aviation operators, there were 1,210 accidents. Of these, 230 were fatal, resulting in 378 fatalities.

The entire aviation industry had a total of 1,282 accidents, 238 fatal and resulting in 406 fatalities.

In August, the Air Safety Institute (ASI) released its 26th annual Joseph T. Nall Report. The report found that 75 percent of accidents were the result of pilot error.

“The overwhelming majority of these accidents are avoidable, so if we can convince more pilots to access safety information, we can drive the accident rate even lower and save lives,” ASI executive director Richard McSpadden said.