THE INCIDENCE OF INCIDENTS: A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF FLIGHT EXPERIENCE AND EXPOSURE TO ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS

Very little is known about the actual flying activity patterns of pilots in civil aviation, especially those in the general and recreational sectors. Accurate information about hours flown is required to correctly calculate accident rates and determine risk factors for involvement in aviation accidents. There is a paucity of data currently in existence about involvement in incidents (potential accidents). This study involved 2 national surveys sent to about 8,500 active pilots in New Zealand. The 1st survey asked respondents to report recorded logbook flight-time entries to determine the actual hours flown in various aircraft and operational categories. When combined with official accident data, the information about flight activity showed substantial differences in comparative accident rates between different categories of aircraft. This data also showed that there were no sex differences in accident involvement after controlling for exposure (flight-activity). A 2nd survey requested information about involvement in accidents and incidents. Results of this survey showed that encounters with potentially hazardous events, such as running low on fuel, were fairly common and that about 25% of respondents had been involved in an aircraft accident or incident in the previous 3 years. Implications of the results for safety interventions are also discussed.

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    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated

    10 Industrial Avenue
    Mahwah, NJ  United States  07430-2262
  • Authors:
    • O'Hare, D
    • Chalmers, D
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00794577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2000 12:00AM