The interest of manufacturing, governmental and safety personnel using paint schemes on propeller and rotor blades is based on improving the visual conspicuity of those blades when they are rotating. While propeller and rotor blade paint schemes may serve to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries due to contact with a rotating blade, there is little information available regarding analyses of the circumstances surrounding such accidents. Brief reports provided by the National Transportation Safety Board of all propeller-to-person accidents from 1965 through 1979 were examined and analyzed in terms of airport lighting conditions, actions of pilots, actions of passengers and ground crew, phase of flight operation and weather conditions. Analyses based on a total of 319 accidents showed a marked drop in the frequency of propeller-to-person accidents from 1975 through 1978. Several types of educational efforts directed toward pilots and ground crew, both prior to and during that 4-year period, were examined as possible factors contributing to the accident rate decline. Accident patterns provide a basis for assessing the probable efficacy of various recommendations (including propeller conspicuity) for further reducing propeller-to-person accidents.


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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00964747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-AM-81-15
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2003 12:00AM