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Recent Civilian Helicopter Accidents
An analysis of four recent civilian helicopter accidents.
# 148744 | 1,321 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 04, 2011 in Aviation, Aeronautics (General)


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Description:

The paper describes four accidents; in Flagstaff, AZ, between Huntsville and Houston, TX, in Topeka, KS and near Whittier, Alaska. The paper looks at the causes of these helicopter accidents and relates that the primary causal group for these cases is operational error.
The paper then discusses how most helicopter crashes--70 percent according to the International Helicopter Safety Team --are caused by the human element.

Outline:
Accident Occurred Sunday, June 29, 2008 in Flagstaff, AZ
Accident Occurred Sunday, June 8, 2008 Between Huntsville and Houston, TX
Accident Occurred Tuesday, June 13, 2000 in TOPEKA, KS
Accident Occurred December 3, 2007 Near Whittier, Alaska
Common Causes of Helicopter Crashes

From the Paper:

"The causes of these helicopter accidents can be grouped into two causal areas: Operational error and mechanical malfunction. Within these categories, there are multiple causes. But the primary causal group for the cases we looked at is operational error. And this is not at all unusual.
"Regardless of the cause of the accident, helicopter accidents and helicopter crashes do not occur unless something goes terribly wrong, and this inevitably means that someone did something they should not have done or they failed to do something they should have done.
"Most helicopter crashes--70 percent according to the International Helicopter Safety Team --are caused by the human element. Either the pilot is poorly trained, overloaded with duties and unable to pay attention or the helicopter is poorly designed," said Rhett Flater, executive director of the American Helicopter Society International. "If you have two professionally trained pilots, both instrument-trained, on board the helicopter, the statistics have shown you dramatically increase the safety and decrease the chance of pilot error" (Peveto, 2009).
"In addition, stringent safety and maintenance requirements must be met and these helicopters must meet and be maintained at the minimum federally recommended levels."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • NTSB 2. (2008, June). Accident report. Retrieved May 20, 2009, from Ntsb.gov: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=DEN08FA101&rpt=fi
  • NTSB 3. (2001, September). Accident report. Retrieved May 21, 2009, from Ntsb.com: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001212X21168&key=1
  • NTSB 4. (2007, December). Accident report. Retrieved May 21, 2009, from Ntsb.gov: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=ANC08FA025&rpt=fa
  • NTSB. (2009, May). Accident report. Retrieved May 21, 2009, from Ntsb.gov: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080715X01051&key=2
  • Peveto, K. (2009, January 10). International team plans to reduce helicopter 80% in eight years. Retrieved May 21, 2009, from Beaumontenterprise.com: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/international_team_plans_to_reduce_helicopter_crashes_by_80_percent_in_eight_years_01-10-2009.html

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