Table 2-12: U.S. Commuter Air Carrier(a) Fatal Accidents by First Phase of Operation

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  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TOTAL fatal accidents 3 8 7 4 3 2 1 5 0 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Phase of operation                                                
Approach / descent / landing 0 3 5 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taxi / takeoff / climb 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cruise (in-flight) 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Standing (static) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maneuveringb 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other / not reported 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

a 14 CFR 135, scheduled operations. Before Mar. 20, 1997, 14 CFR applied to aircraft with 30 or fewer seats. Since Mar. 20, 1997, 14 CFR 135 includes only aircraft with fewer than 10 seats. This change makes it difficult to compare pre-1997 data with more recent years' data.

b Includes instructional flights performing turns and agricultural flights for spraying and buzzing (repeated passes over a particular location).

NOTE

First Phase of Operation is the part of the flight where the problem leading to the accident first occurs.

SOURCE

National Transportation Safety Board, personal communications, Dec. 20, 2010, Aug. 11, 2011, July 18, 2012, Aug. 7, 2013, and Sept. 24, 2014.