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A multifaceted public health approach to statewide aviation safety.

Authors
Mode-NA; O'Connor-MB; Conway-GA; Hill-RD
Source
Am J Ind Med 2012 Feb; 55(2):176-186
NIOSHTIC No.
20040138
Abstract
BACKGROUND: During the 1990s, Alaskan pilots had one of the most hazardous occupations in the US. In 2000, a multifaceted public health initiative was launched, focusing on Alaskan air taxi/commuter (AT) operations, including risk factor identification, improved weather information, and the formation of an industry-led safety organization. METHODS: Effectiveness was assessed by comparing rates of crashes using Poisson regression, comparing trends in annual numbers of crashes, and assessing changes in the number and type of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) events. RESULTS: The greatest improvements were seen in Alaska fatal AT crashes with a 57% decrease in rates between time periods. While the number of AT crashes in the rest of the US steadily declined during 1990-2009, Alaska only showed significant declines after 2000. CFIT crashes declined but remained more deadly than other crashes. CONCLUSIONS: This coordinated effort was successful in reducing crashes in the Alaskan AT industry.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Pilots; Air-transportation; Aircraft; Hazards; Risk-factors; Accidents; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Flight-personnel; Author Keywords: CFIT; controlled flight into terrain; Part 135; effectiveness; accidents
Contact
Mary B. O'Connor MS, 4230 University Drive, Suite 310, Anchorage, AK 99508
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20120201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ifr7@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B01182012
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
APRO
Priority Area
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
AK; CA
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