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Accidents and Accident Rates for 1983 through 2002

Accidents Aircraft Hours Flown
Year Major Serious Injury Damage (millions)
1983 4 2 9 8 7.299
1984 2 2 6 6 8.165
1985 8 2 5 6 8.710
1986 4 0 13 7 9.976
1987 5 1 12 16 10.645
1988 4 2 13 11 11.141
1989 8 4 6 10 11.275
1990 4 3 10 7 12.150
1991 5 2 10 9 11.781
1992 3 3 10 2 12.360
1993 1 2 12 8 12.706
1994 4 0 12 7 13.124
1995 3 2 14 17 13.505
1996 6 0 18 13 13.746
1997 2 4 24 19 15.838
1998 0 3 21 26 16.817
1999 2 2 20 27 17.555
2000 3 3 20 30 18.299
2001 5 1 18 21 17.752
2002 1 1 14 25 18.012

Note  Since March 20, 1997, aircraft with 10 or more seats used in scheduled passenger service have been operated under 14 CFR 121.

Definitions of NTSB Classifications

Major - an accident in which any of three conditions is met:

  • a Part 121 aircraft was destroyed, or
  • there were multiple fatalities, or
  • there was one fatality and a Part 121 aircraft was substantially damaged.

Serious - an accident in which at least one of two conditions is met:

  • there was one fatality without substantial damage to a Part 121 aircraft, or
  • there was at least one serious injury and a Part 121 aircraft was substantially damaged.

Injury - a nonfatal accident with at least one serious injury and without substantial damage to a Part 121 aircraft.

Damage - an accident in which no person was killed or seriously injured, but in which any aircraft was substantially damaged.

 

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