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IHST Will Increase its Emphasis on Reducing Helicopter Accident Fatalities

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.

Current IHST statistics show that the most common occurrences leading to fatalities are:

  • loss of control
  • obstacle and wire strikes
  • degraded visibility
  • system component failures
  • fuel issues

IHST research also reveals that measures to improve crash survivability may include:

  • helmets
  • crash resistant fuel systems
  • crash-worthy seats with upper torso restraints
  • seatbelt airbag systems
  • deployable emergency locator transmitters

Data from the U.S. affiliate of the IHST shows an uptick in fatal accidents during 2013 and this prompted a harder look at helicopter fatalities and what was causing them.


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