US he­li­copter ac­ci­dent rate down last year


The US Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ports that the he­li­copter ac­ci­dent rate and the fa­tal he­li­copter ac­ci­dent rate have fallen for the third con­sec­u­tive year. The over­all ac­ci­dent rate fell to 3.19 ac­ci­dents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 com­pared with 3.67 ac­ci­dents in 2015. The fa­tal ac­ci­dent rate fell slightly to 0.51 ac­ci­dents per 100,000 flight hours com­pared with a 0.52 rate in 2015. There were 106 he­li­copter ac­ci­dents last year, in­clud­ing 17 fa­tals — a 12 per­cent de­crease com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year and a 27 per­cent de­crease com­pared to 2013. “The FAA and the he­li­copter in­dus­try have worked to­gether to ed­u­cate the civil he­li­copter com­mu­nity about safe prac­tices, to drive these im­proved re­sults,” said FAA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael Huerta. “The FAA and the in­dus­try also are tak­ing an ac­tive role in ad­vanc­ing safety through new tech­nol­ogy, col­lab­o­ra­tive pol­icy changes and out­reach.”

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