ASF Reports Decline In GA Accidents

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The AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF) has released the 2005 edition of its Joseph T. Nall Report, a review and analysis of the past year's GA accidents. The report shows a historic low for aviation accidents in 2004, the ASF said. There were 6.7 percent fewer total accidents in 2004 than in 2003, and fatal accidents declined by 7.1 percent. "Although the accident rate is down this year, there is still work to be done," said Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director. "Pilot error continues to top the list of accident causes." Nearly 25 percent of the 45 fatal weather-related accidents involved thunderstorms. The report emphasizes the importance of hazardous-weather avoidance and the need for pilots and controllers to work together. An online training program about thunderstorm avoidance is due to be released by the ASF this spring. The 2005 Nall Report can be downloaded online. The annual report is dedicated to the memory of Joe Nall, a member of the NTSB who died as a passenger in an airplane accident in Venezuela in 1989.