NTSB: U.S. Aviation Fatalities, Activity Down

2020 Sees a Little Less of Everything The NTSB has announced a decrease in fatalities for 2020, with sweeping reductions in flight activity across the country, according to its most recently compiled statistics. For a country with spotted lockdowns, a patchwork of travel regulations, and consumer pessimism, it’s somewhat unsurprising to see the depression in travel throughout the year. The report is happy to note that for the first time in two consecutive years, no Part 121 air carriers were involved in fatal accidents, a return to normalcy. As per the usual course of things, fatalities came almost entirely from general aviation operations, where 332 lives were lost, down from 414 the year before. The overall fatal accident rate was 1.049 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, a slight decrease from the 2019 rate of 1.069.

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