May 2015 Issue

A Deeper Dive Into The Data

To obtain a better picture of LOC accidents and their root causes, I looked at fatal GA accidents in 2011, long enough ago that NTSB final reports are available. I used the NTSB’s Web-based database (www.ntsb.gov). I confined my search to U. S.-based Part 91 fatal accidents and excluded amateur-built aircraft and Part 135 accidents. In the word search box, I used the term “loss of control.” The search turned up 47 accidents, each including a factual report and a probable cause finding. I reviewed both for all 47 accidents.

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