NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


February 25, 2000

Washington, D.C.-The National Transportation Safety Board today released the 1999 aviation accident statistics showing an increase in scheduled airline and commuter accident rates, but a slight decrease in those rates for general aviation aircraft.

The Safety Board's aviation accident statistics report for 1999 shows 12 persons were killed in airline accidents (aircraft with 10 or more seats). These fatalities included the 11 persons who died in the crash of American Airlines flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 1, and a ground crew worker struck by a rotating propeller in July, coincidentally also in Little Rock. This is an increase from 1998, when no passenger fatalities were reported for scheduled Part 121 aircraft.

The 48 accidents involving Part 121 scheduled carriers were a slight increase from 43 in 1998. The accident rate per 100,000 departures also increased from 0.408 to 0.430.

For the second consecutive year, there were no fatal accidents reported for chartered airlines operating under Part 121. The number of accidents fell from seven in 1998 to four in 1999. The accident rate per 100,000 departures decreased from 1.574 to 0.840.

There were 12 fatalities in Part 135 commuter airline service (aircraft having 9 seats or fewer in scheduled service); there were none in 1998. The accident rate per 100,000 departures rose from 1.131 to 2.453.

Air taxis reported one fewer accident and fewer fatalities than the previous year. The accident rate decreased from 3.03 per 100,000 flight hours in 1998 to 2.71 in 1999, and fatalities dropped from 48 to 38.

General aviation (virtually all aircraft except airlines, commuters, air taxis and military/government) accidents fell by one last year, from 1,909 in 1998 to 1,908 in 1999. Fatal accidents decreased in 1999 to 342 compared to 365 in 1998. Although the number of fatal accidents decreased, total fatalities showed a slight increase from 623 to 628. The accident rate per 100,000 flight hours decreased from 7.12 in 1998 to 7.05 in 1999.

Foreign registered aircraft accounted for six accidents with no fatalities in 1999. The previous year reported 18 accidents resulting in 10 fatalities.

Additional details on 1999 aviation accident rates, including NTSB tables 1-11, are available on the NTSB web site <http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/Stats.htm>


NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.