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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (139 reads)General

FORT WORTH, TX – The best way to describe civil helicopter safety in the United States today is “So far, so good.” Total accidents are down 17 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. In addition, according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), the number of fatal accidents has been cut in half compared to a year ago.

From January 2014 through June 2014, there were 62 civil helicopter accidents occurring in the United States compared to 75 total accidents during the same months of 2013. During the first half of 2014, there were nine fatal helicopter accidents resulting in 15 fatalities. This compares to 18 fatal accidents during 2013 that resulted in 41 fatalities.



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For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month
Monday, June 30, 2014 (787 reads)General

FORT WORTH, TX – The phrase, “Let’s be careful out there,” takes on added meaning during the month of July as it tops all other months for fatal helicopter accidents.  A decade’s worth of data compiled by the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) shows that an average of three to four fatal civil helicopter accidents in the United States (or 13 percent of the total) occur during this month.  July also surpasses all other months for total accidents with an average of 20 occurring each year.



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IHST Will Increase its Emphasis on Reducing Helicopter Accident Fatalities
Thursday, May 29, 2014 (808 reads)General

WASHINGTON D.C. - Without shifting its focus away from the elimination of all civil helicopter accidents, the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) is asking its worldwide partners to establish an additional focus regarding the steps that can be taken to prevent fatalities in helicopter accidents. As a result, future IHST analysis will include the types of accidents that most frequently result in fatalities and the most cost-effective measures to improve helicopter crash survivability.



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Safety Analysis: Most Helicopter Accidents Occurring in U.S. West and South
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (958 reads)General

 

FORT WORTH, TX – As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013.  It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents.  Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow this western and southern trend.



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With Spring's Arrival, USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance
Thursday, April 24, 2014 (1301 reads)General


FORT WORTH, TX – The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has gathered U.S. civil helicopter accident data for the 10-year period of 2004 to 2013 in order to determine year-to-year and month-to-month trends.

As expected, when warmer weather arrives during the spring and summer months, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise. For the 10-year period between 2004 and 2013, listed here are the average number of total accidents and fatal accidents occurring each month:



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