• USHST.org

Rotorcraft Monthly Accident Briefing for February 2020

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team,Attached is the Rotorcraft Monthly Accident Briefing for February 2020.

Monthly Summary Totals: 

7 accidents, 0 fatal accidents, 0 fatalities-This was the 2nd consecutive February and 4th February in the last 10 years without a fatal accident.

Cumulative FY20 Summary, Oct-FebFY20,

Cumulative Totals:  35 accidents, 9 fatal accidents, 27 fatalitiesAccidents:-

The estimated accident rate for Oct-Feb was 2.59-2.94 accidents per 100K flight hours.-The accident count (35) tied for second lowest for the Oct-Feb timeframe in the last 38 FYs.


Fatal Accidents:-The estimated fatal accident rate for Oct-Feb was 0.67-0.76 fatal accidents per 100K flight hours.-The count of fatal accidents (9) is identical to Oct-Feb of FY19.-26% of the accidents that have occurred so far in the FY were fatal, still trending above the recent historical averages of 16-17% but lower than the 32% observed for Oct-Jan.

Fatalities:-The estimated fatality rate for Oct-Feb was 2.00-2.27 per 100K flight hours


U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)-Goal:  Reduce the 5 year average fatal accident rate to 0.55 per 100K flight hours by 2025-5 year, 2016-2020 Rate (In Progress):  0.65-2020 Rate (Jan – Feb):  0.44Lee RoskopSafety Management Section, AIR-682 Rotorcraft Standards Branch, Policy & Innovation Division 817-222-5337 lee.roskop@faa.govWe value your feedback.  Click here to send us your feedback. Attachments area