The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2007. The agency reported that there were 113 more general aviation accidents in 2007; 1,518 were reported in 2006. However, the number of GA fatalities decreased by 30 percent; 703 fatalities were reported in 2006 compared to 491 last year, marking the lowest annual total in more than 40 years.
Based on fewer than 10 seats, no fatalities occurred on FAR Part 135 commuter aircraft. As for on-demand air charter--air taxis, air tours and medical services [when a patient is on board]--135 operations reported 43 fatalities, comprised of 62 accidents and 14 fatal accidents, up from 16 fatalities reported in 2006.
The NTSB said that in 2007, based on aircraft with 10 or more seats, there were 24 nonfatal accidents involving FAR Part 121 airlines.
Foreign registered aircraft accounted for 11 accidents in the United Sates in 2007, with three fatalities from a single fatal accident. Fourteen accidents involved unregistered aircraft; six were fatal and resulted in seven fatalities.
Mark Rosenker, NTSB chairman, said the U.S. aviation industry has produced an admirable safety record in recent years. However, he warned the industry it mustn´t become complacent. "We must continue to take the lessons learned from our investigations and use them to create even safer skies for all aircraft operators and their passengers," he said.