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Helicopter Accidents Decrease in Key Regions Around the World.
Helicopter Accidents Decrease in Key Regions Around the World.

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Helicopter Accidents Decrease in Key Regions Around the World.

The International Helicopter Safety Team has gathered accident information from countries across the globe and is seeing an encouraging trend of safer civil helicopter operations.  Preliminary 2016 data from 50 countries show that most have decreasing totals for both fatal and non-fatal accidents.  Looking forward, the teams will focus on more reductions in fatal accidents.

 

North America      –      United States

2016: 106 accidents –      17 fatal accidents

2015: 121 accidents –       17 fatal accidents

2014: 138 accidents –      21 fatal accidents

2013: 146 accidents –       30 fatal accidents

 

North America    –       Canada

2016: 27 accidents –      2 fatal accidents

2015:  31 accidents –     3 fatal accidents

2014:  34 accidents –    0 fatal accidents

2013:  27 accidents –     6 fatal accidents

 

Europe  (32 countries)

2016: 52 accidents – 12 fatal accidents

2015: 84 accidents – 17 fatal accidents

2014: 98 accidents – 15 fatal accidents

2013: 103 accidents – 25 fatal accidents

 

North America –     Mexico

2016: 5 accidents  –    1 fatal accident

2015: 6 accidents  –    2 fatal accidents

2014: 7 accidents  –    NA fatal accidents

2013:10 accidents –    NA fatal accidents

 

Brazil    

2016: 19 accidents – 5 fatal accidents

2015: 17 accidents – 6 fatal accidents

2014: 20 accidents – 6 fatal accidents

2013: 25 accidents – 4 fatal accidents

 

New Zealand

2016: 12 accidents – 2 fatal accidents

2015: 17 accidents – 3 fatal accidents

2014: 14 accidents – 5 fatal accidents

2013: 21 accidents – 3 fatal accidents

 

Japan       –      CIS/Russia  (11 countries)

2016:     2 accident.     –  0 fatal accidents        2016: 30 accidents, 12 fatal accidents

2015:     4 accidents    –  2 fatal accidents         2015: 22 accidents, 10 fatal accidents

2014:     1 accident      –  0 fatal accidents        2014: 23 accidents, 12 fatal accidents

2013:     3 accidents    – 0 fatal accidents          2013: 19 accidents,   7 fatal accidents

 

India

2016:                  1 accident,  1 fatal accident

2015:                  4 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

2014:                  0 accidents, 0 fatal accidents

2013:                  5 accidents, NA fatal accidents

Total from 50 countries

2016:                  254 accidents,  52 fatal accidents

2015:                  306 accidents,  63 fatal accidents

2014:                  335 accidents,  59 fatal accidents

2013:                  359 accidents,  75 fatal accidents

 

Using combined data from these 50 countries, total civil helicopter accidents in 2016 were down 17 percent compared to the prior year and fatal accidents also were reduced by 17 percent year-over-year.  Comparing 2016 to 2013, total accidents decreased by 29 percent and fatal accidents were cut by 31 percent.

The positive trends can be attributed to a globally expanding culture of safety and to increased cooperation on safety issues between government and the industry and within the helicopter community.  Looking forward to 2017, the IHST and its worldwide regional teams will continue to focus on two central objectives:

-Reduce risk and improve safety through widespread and persistent distribution of relevant educational materials.

-Move the industry (manufacturers, operators, pilots and mechanics) to adopt safety practices or equipment that will reduce the number of accidents.

 

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