NTSB Accident Statistics for 1994

Here are the latest-available figures to save for the next time someone asks you "How safe is flying?" or "Are airlines really that much safer than small planes?"

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The NTSB has released preliminary statistics covering aircraftaccidents during 1994.



1994 Aviation Fatalities

FATALITIES 1994 1993
Private Planes725 740
Airlines237 1
Commuter25 24
Airtaxi63 42
Foreign, unregistered21 16
Total 1071 823


1994 Airline and Commuter Fatalities

PART 121 (Airlines)

DATE CARRIER AIRCRAFT LOCATION FATALITIES
Jul 2 US AirDC-9-31Charlotte, NC 37
Sep 8 US AirB737-3B7 Pittsburgh,PA 132
Oct 31 Am. EagleATR72-212 Roselawn,IN 68
Total: 237

PART 135 (Commuters)

DATE CARRIER AIRCRAFT LOCATION FATALITIES
Jan 7 Un. Express BAe Jetstream 41 Columbus,OH 5
Dec 1 Ryan Air Cessna402C Elim,AK5
Dec 13 Am. Eagle BAe Jetstream 31 Raleigh,NC 15
Total: 25


Analysis of 1994 Statistics

TOTAL: 1,071 people were killed in 2,106 U.S. civil aviationaccidents in 1994, compared with 823 fatalities in 2,150 accidentsduring 1993. The 262 air carrier fatalities were the highest since1988 when there were 306 deaths.

MAJOR AIR CARRIERS had 20 accidents, four involvingfatalities, for a total of 237 deaths, versus 22 accidents (one fatal)in 1993. The fatal accident rate per million milesflown in 1994 was 0.0008, compared with 0.0002 in 1993. Per 100,000aircraft departures, the fatal rate was up to 0.049 in 1994 from0.013 in 1993.

SCHEDULED COMMUTER AIRLINES had 10 accidents in 1994, downfrom 16 in 1993. Fatalities rose from 24 people killed in fouraccidents in ’93, to 25 killed in 10 accidents in ’94. ’94 fatal accident rate per million aircraft miles declined to0.006 in ’94 from 0.008 in ’93. Fatal accident rate per 100,000departures fell to 0.097 in ’94 from 0.125 during ’93.

CHARTER AIRLINES had their fifth consecutive yearwithout a fatality. There were two charter accidents in ’94, comparedwith one in ’93. The ’94 accident rate per million miles flownwas 0.0066, compared with 0.0033 in ’93. In terms of 100,000aircraft hours, the ’94 rate was 0.299, compared with 0.141 in’93.

AIR TAXI accidents total 84, of which 27 involved fatalalities,compared with 69 total accidents, of which 19 were fatal, during 1993.Total accident rate for air taxis per 100,000 hours flown rosefrom 3.29 in ’93 to 4.20 in ’94. Fatal accident rate per 100,000hours flown was 0.90 in ’93, increasing to 1.35 in ’94.

GENERAL AVIATION accidents declined to 1,989 in ’94 from2,042 in ’93. In ’94 there were 392 fatal GA accidents in which725 people were killed, compared with 399 fatal accidents in with737 were killed during ’93. The aircraft accident rate per 100,000aircraft hours flown rose to 9.47 in ’94 from 9.09 reported in’93. Fatal accident rate per 100,000 aircraft hours rose to 1.87in ’94 from 1.78 in ’93. The accident and fatal accident rates rose -even though the number of accidents and fatal accidents declined -because fewer hours were flown in ’94 than in ’93.