FAA Rotorcraft Monthly Accident Briefing - October

Attached is the Rotorcraft Monthly Accident Briefing for October 2021 (first month of FY22).

Monthly Summary

Totals: 8 accidents, 2 fatal accidents, 3 fatalities

- The 8 accidents were distributed across 6 different industry sectors. No rotorcraft industry sector had more than 2 accidents during the month.

- The monthly total was identical to October of 2020. Four out of the last five Octobers have had 8 accidents during the month.

Cumulative FY22 Summary

FY22, Totals: 8 accidents, 2 fatal accidents, 3 fatalities

Accidents:

- The estimated accident rate was 3.01 per 100K hours.

Fatal Accidents:

- The estimated fatal accident rate was 0.75 per 100K hours.

Fatalities:

- The estimated fatality rate was 1.13 per 100K hours.

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Calendar Year Metrics

- Goal: Reduce the 5 year average fatal accident rate to 0.55 per 100K hours by 2025. The USHST uses the fatal accident rate from CYs 2014-2018 (0.62 per 100K hours) as their baseline for measurement.

- The CY 2017-2021 5 year average fatal accident rate was 0.74 per 100K hours through October 2021.

Lee Roskop

Fleet Safety Section, AIR-723

Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division

817-222-5337

lee.roskop@faa.gov

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