NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Issues Two Safety Alerts Focusing on Improving Helicopter Safety

February 25

The National Transportation Safety Board today issued two Safety Alerts highlighting the importance of proper maintenance and simulator training as critical ways to improve helicopter safety.

This year, helicopter safety was added to the NTSB's Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements. In the past decade, over 1,500 accidents have occurred involving helicopters used as air ambulances, for search and rescue missions, commercial helicopter operations such as tour flights, and instructional operations. During that same time, the NTSB issued over 200 safety recommendations on issues related to helicopter investigations.

"Implementing recommended safety improvements that address helicopter operations can mitigate risk for thousands of pilots and passengers each year," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "At this week's Heli-Expo, we are working with HAI to increase awareness and identify voluntary action taken by key stakeholders to improve the safety of helicopter operations."

The two Safety Alerts issued today are:

Accompanying the safety alerts are two videos, produced in conjunction with Helicopter Association International. Featured in the videos are NTSB investigators sharing their perspectives about the lessons learned from helicopter accident investigations.

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