A Study of General Aviation Accidents Involving Children in 2011

There has been a lack of information regarding children involved in general aviation (GA) accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) generally did not collect detailed data about passengers, including age, injuries, and restraint status. In 2011, the NTSB undertook an initiative to investigate and document all GA accidents as well as some GA incidents involving children. This paper reports a summary of the data. From January through December 2011, there were 19 general aviation accidents and incidents involving 39 children age 14 years and younger. All together, there were 26 children who sustained fatal injuries, 2 children who experienced serious injuries, 5 who experienced minor injuries, and 6 who sustained no injuries. All children less than 2 years old were restrained in a child restraint system and sustained no injuries in the accidents. It was determined that at least one 4-year-old child would have benefited from being restrained in a child restraint system. Additionally, children were likely sharing a single seat belt in two of the accidents. This year-long data collection initiative provided a significant amount of information regarding age, injuries, and restraint status of child passengers. As a result, the NTSB updated and improved its aviation data management system in order to routinely collect this type of data, enabling future assessments.


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  • Accession Number: 01538028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2014 4:32PM