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IHST Announces Continuing Decrease for Helicopter Accidents in Key Regions Around the World

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United States, Mexico and New Zealand Experience rise in number while other countries accident rates fall IHST states.

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) released accident information today from data collected worldwide and stated that the organization continues to see an encouraging trend of safer civil helicopter operations from preliminary data gathered in 2017 from 49 countries. The data indicating that most countries have decreasing totals for both fatal and non-fatal accidents.

Using combined data from these 49 countries, total civil helicopter accidents in 2017 were down six percent compared to the prior year and fatal accidents were reduced by seventeen percent year-over-year.  Comparing 2017 to 2013, total accidents decreased by thirty-two percent and fatal accidents were cut by fourty-four percent.

As the positive trend continues, the worldwide IHST partners will push on with expanding a culture of safety and increasing cooperation on safety issues between government and the industry and within the global helicopter community.  Looking forward to 2018, the IHST and its worldwide regional teams will continue to focus on three central objectives:

  • Reduce risk and improve safety through widespread and persistent distribution of relevant educational materials.
  • Analyze the cause of accidents and develop data-driven safety actions.
  • Move the industry (manufacturers, operators, pilots and mechanics) to adopt safety practices or equipment that will reduce the number of accidents.

Looking forward, the teams plan to place a stronger focus on human factors and safety actions based on empirical analysis. The data released by USHST is detailed in information provided below:

North America – United States                                                North America – Canada

2017:               121 accidents, 20 fatal accidents                   2017:               26 accidents, 1 fatal accident ***

2016:               106 accidents, 17 fatal accidents                   2016:               28 accidents, 2 fatal accidents

2015:               121 accidents, 17 fatal accidents                    2015:                 33 accidents, 5 fatal accidents

2014:               138 accidents, 21 fatal accidents                   2014:                 34 accidents, 0 fatal accidents

2013:               146 accidents, 30 fatal accidents                   2013:               27 accidents, 6 fatal accidents

 

Europe  (32 countries)  **                                           North America – Mexico

2017:                43 accidents, 11 fatal accidents                     2017:                  12 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

2016:                52 accidents, 12 fatal accidents                    2016:                  7 accidents, 2 fatal accident

2015:                 84 accidents, 17 fatal accidents                   2015:                   8 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

2014:                 98 accidents, 15 fatal accidents                   2014:                   7 accidents, 1 fatal accident

2013:                103 accidents, 25 fatal accidents                  2013:                   8 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

 

India                                                                            CIS/Russia  (11 countries)  **

2017:                  2 accidents, 1 fatal accident                        2017:               11 accidents,   4 fatal accidents

2016:                  1 accident, 1 fatal accident                          2016:               30 accidents, 12 fatal accidents

2015:                  4 accidents, 3 fatal accidents                      2015:               22 accidents, 10 fatal accidents

2014:                  0 accidents, 0 fatal accidents                     2014:               23 accidents, 12 fatal accidents

2013:                  5 accidents, NA fatal accidents                  2013:               19 accidents,   7 fatal accidents

 

Brazil                                                                           New Zealand

2017:                 10 accidents, 2 fatal accidents                       2017:               14 accidents, 2 fatal accidents

2016:                 19 accidents, 5 fatal accidents                       2016:              12 accidents, 2 fatal accidents

2015:                 17 accidents, 6 fatal accidents                       2015:               17 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

2014:                 20 accidents, 6 fatal accidents                      2014:               14 accidents, 5 fatal accidents

2013:                 25 accidents, 4 fatal accidents                       2013:               21 accidents, 3 fatal accidents

Total from 49 countries     

2017:                  239 accidents,  44 fatal accidents

2016:                  255 accidents,  53 fatal accidents

2015:                  306 accidents,  64 fatal accidents

2014:                  334 accidents,  60 fatal accidents

2013:                  354 accidents,  78 fatal accidents

The IHST was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote helicopter safety and work to reduce accidents and fatalities.  More information about the IHST, its reports, safety tools, Reel Safety audio/video presentations and YouTube safety videos can be obtained at its web site at www.IHST.org and on the IHST Facebook page.

(**)  Reporting countries in Europe include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom)

(**)  Reporting countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Russia.

(***)  2017 accident total from Canada is preliminary.

 

 

 

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