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Questions tagged [accident-statistics]

Questions about statistics regarding aircraft accidents should be fact-based; questions asking for opinions are off-topic.

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Are there statistics showing the relationship between safety and the age of aircraft?

Some people seem to believe that some airplanes are less safe to fly just because they are older than others. As a pilot myself who has learned that the safety of aircraft is nothing to do with their ...
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What are the differences between the two main brace positions? [duplicate]

Why are there two different brace positions (pictured below) ? (If there is a difference between the official and true reason, please state both. In many planes the reduced seating spacing does not ...
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Has turbulence ever killed a passenger?

The question is on my mind, because many passengers think there is no need to wear the seatbelt when the seatbelt sign is not illuminated.
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How to increase your chances of survival in a plane crash? [closed]

More than 90% of plane crashes in recent years had survivors. In America, for example, there were 568 plane crashes between 1983 - 2000: Out of the collective 53487 people onboard, 51207 ...
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What is the longest time after which plane crash survivors were rescued?

I found: Aviator Bob Gauchie detains the record for solo arctic survival by a downed airman, enduring 58 days of arctic weather before his rescue in Canada 1967. After 72 days on the glacier, 16 of ...
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What's the exact moment were the spoilers are supposed to be deployed on a A320?

Are they deployed when the levers are pulled back to 'IDLE' or only when pulled back to 'Reverse'? I still can't figure out, 12 years after, why flight TAM JJ3054 crashed into a gas station and a ...
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Are turboprops less safe then jets?

On a recent trip to an airport, I noticed a large number of Bombardier Dash 8s. I wanted to know - are turboprops less safe than traditional jets like the 737 or A320? For instance, I would imagine ...
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Which is safer? The Piper Tomahawk or the Cessna 152?

I have booked my first flying lesson for 2 weeks time, in my first step to obtain a PPL or LAPL. I had done all of my research on the Cessna family, assuming that is what I would learn in. I was ...
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How does the safety record of a Cessna 152 compare to a jetliner in Europe?

I have a fear of flight and I'm working on it. There is an airfield about 40 minutes from me and they offer flying lessons in a Cessna-152 for around 140 euros per hour. Pretty reasonable I think. So,...
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Did turbofan engine explosions become more frequent in last years in commercial aviation?

There are many incidents with turbofan engine failures during last years. I can list: 2010-11-04 - Qantas_Flight_32 2015-09-08 - British Airways Flight 2276 2016-05-27 - Korean Air Flight 2708 2016-...
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of ...
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What should I expect to happen when I get on a skydiving flight

I am schedule to go on a short flight (skydive)* on a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan during an international visit to some friends. I found the serial number of the flight, here is it's record. Since ...
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Are there any safety data on the aircraft used for skydiving?

I am planning a (first) skydive, a tandem jump with an instructor. However, I have not picked which school I will use yet. I am convinced about the safety of the jump itself, but cannot find reliable ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

Can anyone point me to statistics on the safety record of gliders vs. single engine general aviation aircraft?
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

This question was raised as part of this discussion. Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft? It seems the safety record of military, private and small commuter planes is much less safe ...
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Is this statistic about the fatal accident rate correct?

This link says that: fatal accidents occurred once every 200,000 flights in the 50s and 60s. Now, fatal accidents only occur once every two million flights While many sources, including this one, ...
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Is there statistical evidence of the benefits of CRM?

Seeing there's apparently now a consideration towards allowing single pilot commercial aircraft, I figured a fairly good counterpoint would be the benefits gained from crew resource management (which ...
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Should reliance on Auto-Flight Systems continue to increase in favor of manual flying skills?

In recent years there has been ongoing debate as to whether or not increased reliance on auto-flight systems (autopilot, auto-thrust, etc.) in favor of manual flying proficiency has had a negative ...
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Which simulator is appropriate to learn the minimum to land an airliner?

If one has zero flight training, but wants to learn the basics, so that they might be able to land an airbus in a Helios 522 type scenario (or any double pilot incapacitation for that matter), what ...
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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

If it became plausible to fly commercial aircraft much lower in the future (due to developments in technology and airway regulations permitting it), say at a standard height of 5,000ft, but with a ...
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Are new airliners less safe than older the two first years after they are marketed?

Looking at the 2014 Allianz Global Aviation Safety Study for airliners: The last generation of aircraft (1974 and forward, including A320 and B737) have a very low rate of accidents: less than 2 ...
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Where can I find accident statistics on zero gravity flights?

I am investigating the option of booking a zero gravity flight with a commercial airline. But I am a nervous flyer. Do any of the airlines offering this have a 0% accident / fatality record?
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Which airline will get me from Paris or London, to Japan, and has a zero fatality rate? [closed]

I only fly with airlines with a zero fatality rate (it helps my fear of flying, yes it might not be logical, I know:)… but have so far only travelled around Europe and to Africa with Easyjet and Ryan ...
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Which jet airliner types have had the fewest accidents per million departures?

Passenger jet transport is very safe, but are there any jet airliners with a lower recorded accident rate? Edit: number of accidents per se is of course never a good indicator since it will always ...
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Brace position - does it really save lives?

There are some people say the brace position was invented so that passengers don't experience pain when they die in a crash. The brace is designed so that you die quicker (by breaking your neck). One ...
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How safe is the Beechcraft 1900?

While reading the tragic Accidents and incidents section of this Wikipedia page, I began to wonder how the Beechcraft 1900 ranks for safety. The page describes 22 known severe accidents and incidents ...
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Are aircraft accidents more frequent in specific countries?

In the past months I heard about several aircraft accidents that happened to occur in Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia... and I was wondering if some countries are actually more connected to accidents than ...
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What are the statistical probabilities of commercial aircraft accidents?

Is there any study showing how probabilities of various kinds of aviation (e.g. crash-landings, fatal crashes, mid-air collisions) accidents have increased or reduced over time?
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How dangerous are small planes? [duplicate]

first time here so bear with me please. So it looks to me like there are A LOT of small plane crashes. Pretty much every week a couple of people die in small planes, at least. Is this due to the ...
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How many commercial passenger aircraft suffer tail strikes in a given year?

This is inspired by a lengthy set of comments on this question (for reference). I've been searching the internet high and low for reliable information on how many tail strikes occur per year for ...
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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

If I'm going on holiday with my family on an airliner such as one of the ones listed on this page, then where is the safest place to sit? The answers to this question seem to imply that the seats at ...