Safety

Number of U.S. Helicopter Accidents Decrease, FAA says

Tis Meyer / PlanePics.org

The U.S. helicopter accident rate and the fatal helicopter accident rate have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to FAA data.

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 in 2016 compared with a 0.52 rate in 2015. However, the rate is down from 0.65 in 2014 and 1.02 in 2013.

FAA Helicopter Statistics

(source: Federal Aviation Administration)

In raw numbers, there were 106 helicopter accidents in 2016, including 17 fatal accidents. That is 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 Federal Aviation Administration and the industry also are taking an active role in advancing safety through new technology, collaborative policy changes, and proactive outreach.”

The FAA and the helicopter industry have worked together through groups such as the International Helicopter Safety Team and the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team to prevent accidents.

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