Since the San Diego Airport accident in 1978, every effort is being made to establish the causes of the mid-air collision, and ways and means are being sought to improve safety in the air both for scheduled carriers and for light aircraft operators. It is noted that the curve in the number of general aviation accidents has been relatively steady since 1972 despite rapid growth of the general aviation fleet. Of the 4,476 accidents in 1977, 25% were due to engine failure, 12% to impact with terrain or water, 6% to hard landings, and 5% to applying power after an aborted landing, and the remainder to mid-air collisions. Fifty percent of the accidents occur on approach or landing, 30% enroute, and 19% at take off. The FAA maintains that the only way to make a significant reduction in the number of accidents is to increase the amount of information pilots receive, and to make them aware of the risks inherent in certain circumstances. The lack of funds for pilot training and lack of training facilities are believed to contribute to general aviation accidents. The U.S. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association believes that the main short comings are: the lack of sufficient number of airports; and the inability of the U.S. air traffic control system to absorb the traffic growth which the forecasts indicate is inevitable. The problem of overcrowded airports particularly near the major cities was also cited by Airline Pilots Association.

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  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 128-130
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 34
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM