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AIR6237 - Loss-of-Control Misaps in Scheduled Airline Service

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Document Number: AIR6237
Project Initiation: 12-03-2012
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Sponsor Name: Richard Newman
Title
Loss-of-Control Misaps in Scheduled Airline Service
Scope
Loss-of-control is the major type of mishap to transport airplanes. This report will review loss-of-control events to revenue air carrier flights occurring from 1981 through 2010. During this period, 202 mishaps resulted in 8469 fatalities. Aerodynamic stalls (48 events; 1505 fatalities) was the most frequent cause. Spatial disorientation produced the second greatest number of fatalities (25 events; 1228 fatalities). Nineteen events involved faulty recovery techniques and resulted in 1329 fatalities. Areas for improvements in pilot training will be listed: Addressing loss of instrument skills; stall recovery training; and specific SDO training. Envelope protection appears to be the most significant airframe-related safety factor. Several high level recommendations will be listed.
Rationale
This SAE Aerospace Information Report is intended to provide comprehensive reference and background information pertaining to in flight loss of control mishaps. This SAE Aerospace Information Report t will be a preliminary report for ARP-6149, Loss of Control Mitigation..
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