As we work together as a community to fly safely and prevent accidents, it's important to understand where to focus our efforts. In this section you will find imformation about the main safety risks and safety statistics for GA aeroplanes.
Key Risk Areas and Safety Issues
When it comes to focussing our safety efforts, it's useful to start by thinking about the kinds of accidents that we want to prevent. These are the "Key Risk Areas" that we refer to in the first graph below:
The main accident outcomes to prevent for GA aeroplanes
The graph below highlights the level of risk in the accidents and serious against the number of occurrenes. This means that we should focus our efforts on those towards the top right of the graph. The main accident outcomes are:
- Aircraft upset.
- Runway excursions.
- Ground collision.
Safety issues and topics
When it comes to safety issues the graph below highlights the top safety issues in terms of risks and number of occurrences. This helps the whole GA community to understand more about where we can focus our safety efforts for the greatest benefit.
Below you can see the key statistics from the EASA Annual Safety Review 2020 - this review covers accidents and serious incidents up to 2019 and the report was published in 2020. In 2019, there were 37 fatal accidents, 307 non-fatal accidents and 99 serious incidents. Tragically, there were 70 fatalities and all our efforts go into reducing this number for the future. The graphs after the table provide you with the evolution of the data over the last 10 years.
Phase of flight and operation type
The next set of graphs from the provide some information about accidents in terms of flight phase and operation type. The majority of GA accidents and serious incidents occur during landing. In terms of operation types, you may not be surprised to find that most accidents occur during either pleasure flights or flight training.