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National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts to Improve General Aviation Safety

March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON - Today the National Transportation Safety Board issued five Safety Alerts that focus on the most frequent types of general aviation accidents.

"Because we investigate each of the 1,500 GA accidents that occur in the United States every year, we see the same types of accidents over and over again," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "What's especially tragic is that so many of these accidents are entirely preventable."

Each year, about 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured in GA accidents in the United States, which is why GA Safety is on the NTSB's Most Wanted List. (http://go.usa.gov/28DF)

A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety hazard and offers practical remedies to address the issue. Three of the Safety Alerts focus on topics related to some of the most common defining events for fatal GA accidents. These include low-altitude stalls, spatial disorientation and controlled flight into terrain, and mechanical problems. The other two Safety Alerts address risk mitigation.

The five Safety Alerts issued today are:

The NTSB is creating five short videos - one for each Safety Alert - which will be rolled out this spring. The videos will feature regional air safety investigators sharing their experiences and observations of the many accident investigations they conducted as well as advice on how pilots and mechanics can avoid mistakes that can have such tragic consequences.

"GA is essentially an airline or maintenance operation of one, which puts the responsibility for sound decision making on one person's shoulders," Hersman said. "We are promoting and distributing the alerts to reach pilots and mechanics who can benefit from these lifesaving messages."

The five Safety Alerts approved today, as well as others that have been issued since 2004, are available at http://go.usa.gov/2BeA.

The presentations investigators made to the Board today are all available at http://go.usa.gov/28bx.

NTSB Media Contact:
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Peter Knudson
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

 

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