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Jul
13
2020

A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

WASHINGTON D.C. – The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents. For the same period in 2019, there were 69 total accidents and 15 of them were accidents involving fatalities. According to the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), some of this decrease stems from a decrease in flights during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is estimated that total flights were down from 10 to 30 percent during any given period this Spring. The fatal accident rate per 100,000 flight hours was 0.63 for Jan.-Jun 2020. For full year 2019, the rate was 0.80 according to preliminary data.

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