Browse Publications Technical Papers 2019-01-1356
2019-03-19

Review of the Major Causes of Aviation Fatal Accidents under AIB Investigation from 2008 - 2018 2019-01-1356

Aviation Industry is in a boom from the last decade and this weighs mostly upon cutting-edge technologies and fast-growing commerce which has made air travel both convenient and affordable for people. As a result, the world airline traffic is the highest currently with air traffic for passenger airlines having increased by 8.1% in 2017 than the year before, according to Statista. While the number of passengers has been on the rise, the number of air accidents both fatal and non-fatal has remained consistent and even increasing in some years as described by the NTSB. The human and systems error are the primary reasons for crashes and the continual improvement in these areas are necessary, to bring down the number even further. According to the investigative reports released by the AIB (Aircraft Investigation Board), the years 2005 – 2014 saw 13 fatal accidents relating to air carriers which comprise commercial passenger and cargo aircraft. Each fatal accident on a Type 121 aircraft sees at least 150 on board die; also since, passenger and cargo air transport is on the rise, it is essential to continuously improve it to ensure lesser life–threatening accidents. To gather more recent data and base conclusions on that, the paper has considered all fatal accidents of Type 121 air carriers caused as a result of system errors and as reported under AIB from 2008 until April 2018. Upon the review and detailed study of the investigative reports published by AIB, the summaries and recommendations have been noted for each accident. These are then statistically analyzed and general conclusions have been provided. Every cause has been studied and analyzed individually and is traced to a commonality to provide the means to arrive at a solution. The statistics obtained from the accidents help identify the vital nerve that has to be addressed and a clear indication of improvement in technology is shown.

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