Training fight accidents: An explorative analysis of influencing factors and accident severity

Lee, Seung Yong and Bates, Paul and Murray, Patrick and Martin, Wayne (2017) Training fight accidents: An explorative analysis of influencing factors and accident severity. Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors, 7 (2). pp. 107-112. ISSN 2192-0923


Civil aviation is broadly categorized into two sectors: air transportation and general aviation. While the former sector is considered to be ultrasafe the latter requires a stronger focus on safety improvement. There has been considerable research examining the causes of general aviation accidents with a view to improving safety. However, there has been very limited research specifically focused on accidents involving training flights and associated causal factors. A total of 293 training flight accident reports, comprising 111 fatal and 182 nonfatal accidents were reviewed and analyzed to identify causes of training-flight accidents. The study found that based on the odds ratio, if a fatal accident involving training flights occurred it was 4.05 times more likely to be a dual training flight. Other findings included that most accidents occurred during the landing phase and the majority of accidents related to skill deficiency (e.g., an improper/inadequate flare). This was a major causal factor in nonfatal accidents in both dual and solo training flights. However, on dual training flights there were more fatal accidents involving decision deficiencies and mechanical malfunctions (e.g., loss of engine power). A previous study suggested that lack of supervision of student pilots by flight instructors was found to be a main causal factor and thus flight instructor training and recurrency requirements need to be reviewed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to published version in accordance with publisher's guidelines.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 01:49
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 00:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: general aviation, training flight, accident, flight safety
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150701 Air Transportation and Freight Services
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880303 Air Safety
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1027/2192-0923/a000121

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