A lot of people have heard that a person is more likely to die in a car crash than in a plane crash. Turns out, the statistics offered by the NTSB back that old adage up. In fact, a person is 3 times more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane mishap. In numbers, Americans have a 1 in 114 chance of dying in an automobile accident. That number is 1 in 9,812. That doesn’t mean that accidents do not happen. When they do, however, safety officials want faster reporting of aviation incidents, as WSB reports.
Currently, cockpit recorders are required to record the previous 2 hours of flight time. Due to a close-call suffered by Air Canada, the National Transportation Safety Bureau is considering a recommendation to increase that amount of time to 25 hours.
Had the incident not been just a close call, it would have surpassed a 1977 incident in which two Boeing 747 jets collided on a runway in Tenerife on the Canary Islands. The incident killed 583 people.
The incident took place in San Francisco last year when an Air Canada jet nearly crashed into planes lined up on the ground at the San Francisco International Airport. The NTSB issued a final report on the incident last Thursday.
The pilots involved in the incident did not report the close call until the next day, but by that time, the plane had made another trip, and the cockpit recorder that may have provided insight into the near accident had been recorded over.
While the NTSB did not say that the pilot, identified as Dimitrios Kisses, and co-pilot Matthew Dampier purposefully delayed reporting the incident, they did say that earlier reporting could have provided a better understanding of what was occurring in the cockpit prior to the close call.
As part of their review into the incident, the board also criticized the FAA for having only one air-traffic controller on duty at the time. They also said that the pilots of the flight were confused that a runway had been closed, although all pilots had been informed of the closure.
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