Table 2-11: U.S. Air Carriera Fatal Accidents by First Phase of Operation

Table 2-11: U.S. Air Carriera Fatal Accidents by First Phase of Operation

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 P2001
TOTAL fatal accidents 6 4 4 1 4 3 5 4 1 2 2 6
Phase of operation                        
Approach / descent / landing 1 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 R 0 0
Taxi/takeoff / climb 3 1 2 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 R 1 2
Cruise (in-flight) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
Standing (static) 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Maneuvering 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other / not reported 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 c4

KEY: P = preliminary; R = revised.

a 14 CFR 121. Before Mar. 20, 1997, 14 CFR 121 applied only to aircraft with more than 30 seats or a maximum payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds. Since Mar. 20, 1997, 14 CFR 121 includes aircraft with 10 or more seats that formerly operated under 14 CFR 135. This change makes it difficult to compare pre-1997 data with more recent data.

b First phase of operation is the phase of flight in which the first occurrence leading to the accident happened.

c Other/not reported numbers for 2001 are unusually high because of the incidents occurring on September 11.

SOURCES

1990-95: National Transportation Safety Board, Annual Review of Aircraft Accident Data: U.S. Air Carrier Operations (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 18.

1996-2001: Ibid., personal communication, Aug. 21, 2002 and Nov. 15, 2002.