NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


March 16, 2001

Washington, D.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board today released statistics showing that U.S. civil aviation accidents in the year 2000 decreased to 1,975 from 2,053 the previous year, while the number of fatalities increased from 697 to 748.

The Safety Board reported that 92 persons were killed in accidents involving U.S. air carriers operating under 14 CFR 121 (generally aircraft with 10 or more seats or large cargo airplanes). These included: the 88 persons who died in the crash of Alaska Airlines flight 261 off the coast of California on January 31; the three crewmembers of an Emery Worldwide Airlines' DC-8 that crashed, February 16, near Sacramento, CA; and an American Airlines flight attendant who was fatally injured during an emergency evacuation, on November 20, in Miami, FL.

There were 49 accidents involving Part 121 scheduled carriers, up one from the previous year, although the accident rate for this category per 100,000 departures decreased from 0.449 to 0.440.

No fatalities were reported for charter airlines operating under 14 CFR 121. The number of accidents increased from four in 1999 to five in 2000; the accident rate per 100,000 departures went from 0.979 to 1.131.

There were five fatalities in Part 135 scheduled airline service in 2000, down from 12 in 1999. The accident rate per 100,000 departures dropped to 1.231 from 1.546.

Air taxis reported an increase to 80 accidents in 2000 from 73 the year before, with the number of fatalities at 71 almost double the total for 1999. The accident rate per 100,000 hours increased to 3.29 from 3.23.

Accidents involving U.S. general aviation aircraft (virtually all except Part 121, Part 135 and military aircraft) fell to 1,835 from 1,913 in 1999. Fatal accidents decreased by one in 2000 to 341, with the number of fatalities also falling to 592 from 630. The general aviation accident rate per 100,000 flight hours in 2000 decreased to 5.96 from 6.49 the previous year.

Foreign registered aircraft accounted for 11 accidents in the U.S. in 2000, with eight fatalities. The previous year's report showed a total of six accidents with no fatalities.

Additional details on 2000 aviation accident rates, including NTSB tables 1-11, are available on the NTSB web site.

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