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Accidents Involving Passenger Fatalities: U. S. Airlines (Part 121) 1982 - Present
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 Accidents Involving Passenger Fatalities: U. S. Airlines (Part 121) 1982 - Present

The NTSB wishes to make clear to all users of the following list of accidents that the information it contains cannot, by itself, be used to compare the safety either of operators or of aircraft types. Airlines that have operated the greatest numbers of flights and flight hours could be expected to have suffered the greatest number of fatal-to-passenger accidents (assuming that such accidents are random events, and not the result of some systematic deficiency). Similarly, the most used aircraft types would tend to be involved in such accidents more than lesser used types. The NTSB also cautions the user to bear in mind when attempting to compare today's airline system to prior years that airline activity (and hence exposure to risk) has risen by almost 100% from the first year depicted to the last.

                                                                                                

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  Date         Location                   Operator                     Aircraft Type           Fatal  Surv
--------  -------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----  ----   
01/13/82  WASHINGTON, DC       AIR FLORIDA                     BOEING 737-222                    70      4
01/23/82  BOSTON, MA           WORLD AIRWAYS                   MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10-30         2    198
07/09/82  NEW ORLEANS, LA      PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS      BOEING 727-235                   137      0
11/08/82  HONOLULU, HI         PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS      BOEING 747-100                     1    274
01/09/83  BRAINERD, MN         REPUBLIC AIRLINES               CONVAIR 580-11-A                   1     29

10/11/83  PINCKNEYVILLE, IL    AIR ILLINOIS                    HAWKER SIDDELEY HS-748-2A          7      0
01/01/85  LA PAZ, BOLIVIA      EASTERN AIR LINES               BOEING 727-225                    21      0
01/21/85  RENO, NV             GALAXY AIRLINES                 LOCKHEED 188C                     64      1
08/02/85  DALLAS/FT WORTH, TX  DELTA AIRLINES                  LOCKHEED L-1011-385-1            126     26
09/06/85  MILWAUKEE, WI        MIDWEST EXPRESS AIRLINES        DOUGLAS DC-9-14                   27      0

12/12/85  GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND ARROW AIRWAYS                   DOUGLAS DC-8-63                  248      0
02/04/86  NEAR ATHENS, GREECE  TRANS WORLD AIRLINES            BOEING 727-231                     4    110
02/14/87  DURANGO, MX          PORTS OF CALL                   BOEING 707-323B                    1    125
08/16/87  ROMULUS, MI          NORTHWEST AIRLINES              MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-82        148      1
11/15/87  DENVER, CO           CONTINENTAL AIRLINES            MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-14         25     52

12/07/87  SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA  PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES      BRITISH AEROSPACE BAE-146-200     38      0
08/31/88  DALLAS/FT WORTH, TX  DELTA AIRLINES                  BOEING 727-232                    12     89
12/21/88  LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND  PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS      BOEING 747-121                   243      0
02/08/89  SANTAMARIA, AZORES   INDEPENDENT AIR                 BOEING 707                       137      0
02/24/89  HONOLULU, HI         UNITED AIRLINES                 BOEING 747-122                     9    328

07/19/89  SIOUX CITY, IA       UNITED AIRLINES                 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10-10       110    175
09/20/89  FLUSHING, NY         USAIR                           BOEING 737-400                     2     55
12/27/89  MIAMI, FL            EASTERN AIR LINES               BOEING 727-225B                    1     46
10/03/90  CAPE CANAVERAL, FL   EASTERN AIR LINES               MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-31          1     90
12/03/90  ROMULUS, MI          NORTHWEST AIRLINES              MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-14          7     33

02/01/91  LOS ANGELES, CA      USAIR                           BOEING 737-300                    20     63
03/03/91  COLORADO SPGS, CO    UNITED AIRLINES                 BOEING 737-291                    20      0
03/22/92  FLUSHING, NY         USAIR                           FOKKER 28-4000                    25     22
07/02/94  CHARLOTTE, NC        USAIR                           DOUGLAS DC-9-30                   37     20
09/08/94  ALIQUIPPA, PA        USAIR                           BOEING B-737-300                 127      0
10/31/94  ROSELAWN, IN         AMERICAN EAGLE                  ATR-72-212                        64      0
12/20/95  CALI, COLOMBIA       AMERICAN AIRLINES               BOEING B-757                     152      4
05/11/96  MIAMI, FL            VALUJET AIRLINES                MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9           105      0
07/06/96  PENSACOLA, FL        DELTA AIRLINES                  MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88            2    140
07/17/96  MORICHES, NY         TRANS WORLD AIRLINES            BOEING 747                       212      0

08/02/97  LIMA, PERU           CONTINENTAL AIRLINES            BOEING 757-200                     1    141
12/28/97  PACIFIC OCEAN        UNITED AIRLINES                 BOEING 747                         1    373
06/01/99  LITTLE ROCK, AR      AMERICAN AIRLINES               MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-80           10    129
01/31/00  POINT MUGU, CA       ALASKA AIRLINES                 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-83           83      0
09/11/01  NEW YORK CITY, NY    AMERICAN AIRLINES               BOEING 767-200                    81      0

09/11/01  NEW YORK CITY, NY    UNITED AIRLINES                 BOEING 767-200                    56      0
09/11/01  ARLINGTON, VA        AMERICAN AIRLINES               BOEING 757-200                    58      0
09/11/01  SHANKSVILLE, PA      UNITED AIRLINES                 BOEING 757                        37      0
11/12/01  BELLE HARBOR, NY     AMERICAN AIRLINES               AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A300-600        251      0
01/08/03  CHARLOTTE, NC        US AIRWAYS EXPRESS              Beech 1900                        19      0

10/19/04  KIRKSVILLE, MO       CORPORATE AIRLINES              British Aerospace Jetstream 32    11      2 
12/19/05  MIAMI, FL            CHALKS OCEAN AIRWAYS            Grumman G-73T                     18      0 
08/27/06  LEXINGTON, KY        COMAIR                          Bombardier CRJ-100                47      0 
02/12/09  CLARENCE, NY         COLGAN AIR                      Bombardier DHC-8                  45      0 

The NTSB wishes to make clear to all users of the preceding list of accidents that the information it contains cannot, by itself, be used to compare the safety either of operators or of aircraft types. Airlines that have operated the greatest numbers of flights and flight hours could be expected to have suffered the greatest number of fatal-to-passenger accidents (assuming that such accidents are random events, and not the result of some systematic deficiency). Similarly, the most used aircraft types would tend to be involved in such accidents more than lesser used types. The NTSB also cautions the user to bear in mind when attempting to compare today's airline system to prior years that airline activity (and hence exposure to risk) has risen by almost 100% from the first year depicted to the last.