General Aviation Safety Record — Current and Historic

General Aviation Safety Record — Current and Historic

U.S. General Aviation Accidents, Fatalities, and Rates — 1938-2010

Current as of March 2011
Source: FAA U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics

Notes:
1. "Substantial damage" definition modified in 1968
2. 1972, 1978, and 1986 data includes air carrier fatalities from general aviation/air carrier midair collisions
* Data not available at this time

Year Total
Accidents
Fatal
Accidents
Fatalities Hours Flown Accident Rate
per 100,000 flight hours
Fatal
Accident Rate

per 100,000 flight hours
2010 1,384 267 453 * * *
2009 1,474 272 474 20,456,000 7.20 1.33
2008 1,566 275 494 22,805,000 6.86 1.21
2007 1,652 288 496 23,819,000 6.93 1.20
2006 1,523 308 706 23,963,000 6.35 1.28
2005 1,669 321 562 23,168,000 7.20 1.39
2004 1,617 314 558 24,888,000 6.50 1.26
2003 1,739 352 632 25,705,000 6.77 1.36
2002 1,715 345 581 25,545,000 6.71 1.35
2001 1,727 325 562 25,431,000 6.79 1.28
2000 1,837 345 596 27,838,000 6.60 1.24
1999 1,905 340 619 29,246,000 6.51 1.16
1998 1,904 364 624 25,518,000 7.46 1.43
1997 1,845 350 631 25,591,000 7.21 1.37
1996 1,908 361 636 24,881,000 7.67 1.45
1995 2,056 413 735 24,906,000 8.26 1.66
1994 2,022 404 730 22,235,000 9.09 1.82
1993 2,064 401 744 22,796,000 9.05 1.76
1992 2,111 451 867 24,780,000 8.52 1.82
1991 2,197 439 800 27,678,000 7.94 1.59
1990 2,242 444 770 28,510,000 7.86 1.56
1989 2,242 432 769 27,920,000 8.03 1.55
1988 2,388 460 797 27,446,000 8.70 1.68
1987 2,495 446 837 26,972,000 9.25 1.65
1986 2,581 474 967 27,073,000 9.53 1.75
1985 2,739 498 956 28,322,000 9.67 1.76
1984 3,017 545 1,042 29,099,000 10.37 1.87
1983 3,076 555 1,068 28,673,000 10.72 1.94
1982 3,233 591 1,187 29,640,000 10.90 1.99
1981 3,500 654 1,282 36,803,000 9.51 1.78
1980 3,590 618 1,239 36,402,000 9.86 1.69
1979 3,818 631 1,221 38,641,000 9.88 1.63
1978 4,216 719 1,556 34,887,000 12.08 2.06
1977 4,079 661 1,276 31,578,000 12.91 2.09
1976 4,018 658 1,216 30,476,000 13.17 2.16
1975 3,995 633 1,252 28,799,000 13.87 2.20
1974 4,425 729 1,438 31,413,000 14.10 2.31
1973 4,255 723 1,412 29,974,000 14.20 2.41
1972 4,256 695 1,426 26,974,000 15.80 2.57
1971 4,648 661 1,355 25,512,000 18.20 2.59
1970 4,712 641 1,310 26,030,000 18.10 2.46
1969 4,767 647 1,495 25,351,000 18.80 2.55
1968 4,968 692 1,399 24,053,000 20.60 2.86
1967 6,115 603 1,228 22,153,000 27.60 2.72
1966 5,712 573 1,149 21,023,000 27.20 2.73
1965 5,196 538 1,029 16,733,000 31.10 3.22
1964 5,069 526 1,083 15,738,000 32.20 3.34
1963 4,690 482 893 15,106,000 31.00 3.19
1962 4,840 430 857 14,500,000 33.40 2.97
1961 4,625 426 761 13,602,000 34.00 3.13
1960 4,793 429 787 13,121,000 36.50 3.27
1959 4,576 450 823 12,903,000 35.50 3.50
1958 4,584 384 717 12,579,000 36.40 3.10
1957 4,200 438 800 10,938,000 38.40 4.00
1956 3,474 356 669 10,200,000 34.00 3.40
1955 3,343 384 619 9,500,000 35.10 4.00
1954 3,381 393 684 8,963,000 37.70 4.30
1953 3,232 387 635 8,527,000 37.90 4.50
1952 3,657 401 691 8,186,000 44.60 4.80
1951 3,824 441 750 8,451,000 45.20 5.20
1950 4,505 499 871 9,650,000 46.60 5.10
1949 5,459 562 896 11,031,000 49.40 5.00
1948 7,850 850 1,384 15,130,000 51.80 5.60
1947 9,253 882 1,352 16,334,000 56.60 5.30
1946 7,618 690 1,009 9,788,000 77.80 7.00
1945 4,652 322 508 NA NA NA
1944 3,343 169 257 NA NA NA
1943 3,871 167 257 NA NA NA
1942 3,324 143 220 3,786,000 87.70 3.70
1941 4,252 217 312 4,460,000 95.30 4.80
1940 3,471 232 359 3,200,000 108.40 7.20
1939 2,222 203 315 1,922,000 115.60 10.50
1938 1,861 176 274 1,478,000 125.90 11.90

Transportation Fatalities by Mode 1996-2008

Current as of December 2010
Source: NTSB

* Includes airlines, air taxi, commuter and foreign/unregistered

Year Highway Air Carriers * General Aviation Marine Railroads Other
2009 33,808 52 538 817 751 14
2008 37,423 77 574 783 781 8
2007 41,259 54 496 766 794 15
2006 42,642 81 698 805 781 19
2005 43,510 54 563 789 803 16
2004 42,836 78 558 765 816 23
2003 42,884 81 632 792 760 12
2002 43,005 44 576 809 861 11
2001 42,191 609 562 772 823 7
2000 41,821 185 594 801 770 38
1999 41,717 63 630 874 783 26
1998 41,501 65 623 950 831 18
1997 42,013 330 646 911 749 10
1996 41,907 462 631 814 752 53

Updated 4/25/11