Table 2-14: U.S. General Aviation(a) Safety Data

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  1960d 1965d 1970d 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 (R) 2012 (P) 2013
Total fatalities 787 1,029 1,310 1,252 1,239 956 770 800 866 744 730 734 636 631 624 621 596 562 581 633 559 563 706 496 496 479 457 448 440 387
Total seriously injured persons U U 715 769 681 501 409 431 408 385 415 396 366 350 327 322 309 321 297 323 265 271 265 255 259 273 256 (R) 328 247 218
Total accidentsa,b 4,793 5,196 4,712 3,995 3,590 2,739 2,242 2,197 2,110 2,064 2,021 2,056 1,908 1,840 1,902 1,905 1,837 1,727 1,716 1,741 1,619 1,671 1,523 1,654 1,569 1,480 1,440 1,470 1,471 1222
Total accidentsa,b, fatal 429 538 641 633 618 498 444 439 450 401 404 412 361 350 364 340 345 325 345 352 314 321 308 288 277 275 270 266 273 221
Flight hours (thousands) 13,121 16,733 26,030 28,799 36,402 28,322 28,510 27,678 24,780 22,796 22,235 24,906 24,881 25,591 25,518 29,246 27,838 25,431 25,545 25,998 24,888 23,168 23,963 23,819 22,805 20,862 21,688 U 20,881 20887
Rates per 100,000 flight hoursc                                                            
Fatalities 6.00 6.15 5.03 4.35 3.40 3.38 2.70 2.89 3.49 3.26 3.28 2.95 2.56 2.47 2.45 2.12 2.14 2.21 2.27 2.43 2.25 2.43 2.95 2.08 2.17 2.30 2.11 U 2.11 1.85
Seriously injured persons U U 2.75 2.67 1.87 1.77 1.43 1.56 1.65 1.69 1.87 1.59 1.47 1.37 1.28 1.10 1.11 1.27 1.16 1.24 1.06 1.17 1.11 1.07 1.14 1.31 1.18 U 1.18 1.04
Total accidentsa,b 36.53 31.05 18.10 13.87 9.86 9.67 7.86 7.94 8.51 9.05 9.09 8.26 7.67 7.19 7.45 6.51 6.60 6.79 6.72 6.70 6.51 7.21 6.36 6.94 6.88 7.09 6.64 U 7.04 5.85
Total accidents, fatala,b 3.27 3.22 2.46 2.20 1.70 1.76 1.56 1.59 1.82 1.76 1.82 1.65 1.45 1.37 1.43 1.16 1.24 1.28 1.35 1.35 1.26 1.39 1.29 1.21 1.21 1.32 1.24 U 1.31 1.06

KEY: P = preliminary; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a U.S. registered civil aircraft not operated under 14 CFR 121 or 14 CFR 135. Accidents on foreign soil and in foreign waters are excluded. Suicide, sabotage, and stolen/unauthorized cases included in accidents, fatalities and rate computation in this table are: 1985 (11 accidents, 6 fatal accidents); 1990 (4,1); 1991 (8,5); 1992 (2,1); 1993 (5,4); 1994 (3,2); 1995 (10,6); 1996 (4,0); 1997 (5,2); 1998 (6,4); 1999 (3,1); 2000 (7,7); 2001 (3,1); 2002 (7,6); 2003 (4,3); 2004 (3,0); 2005 (2,1); 2006 (2,1); 2007 (2,2); 2008 (2,0); 2009 (3,0); 2010 (2,1), 2011 (1,0), 2012 (1, 1).

b Since April 1995, the National Transportation Safety Board has been required by law to investigate all public-use accidents, increasing the number of NTSB reported general aviation accidents by approximately 1.75%.

c Rates are computed by dividing the number of Total fatalities, Total seriously injured persons, Total accidents, and Total accidents, fatal by the number of Flight hours, except for the exclusions mentioned in footnote a.

d Data for 1960, 1965, and 1970 include air taxi.

NOTE

2011 Flight hours are not currently available, Federal Aviation Administration is engaged in re-calibration efforts.

SOURCES

Fatalities, accidents, flight hours and rates per 100,000 flight hours:

1960-70: National Transportation Safety Board, Annual Review of Aircraft Accident Data: U.S. General Aviation, Calendar Year 1970, NTSB/ARG-74/1 (Washington, DC: April 1974), table 117.

1975-92: National Transportation Safety Board, Aviation Accident Statistics: U.S. General Aviation, table 10, available athttp://www.ntsb.gov/data/aviation_stats.html as of July 20, 2012.

1993-2013: National Transportation Safety Board, Aviation Accident Statistics: U.S. General Aviation, table 10, available athttp://www.ntsb.gov/data/aviation_stats.html as of Sept. 26, 2014.

Serious injuries:

1970-85: National Transportation Safety Board, Annual Review of Aircraft Accident Data: General Aviation (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

1990-2013: Ibid., Analysis and Data Division, personal communications, July 1, 2010, July 20, 2011, and July 18, 2012, Aug. 8, 2013, and Sept. 24, 2014.