Investigation of Hazards of Helicopter Operations and Root Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Final rept. Oct 1983-Sep 1985
SYSTEMS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC ARLINGTON VA
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During 1983 and 1984, Systems Control Technology, Inc. conducted a survey of civil helicopter pilot organizations from throughout the United States who were involved in a wide range of helicopter operations for the purpose of determining the hazards of helicopter operations and the root causes of the high rate of helicopter accidents. The survey was administered through personal interviews, meetings, and questionnaires. The derived questionnaire data included census data, profiles of the pilots work environment and procedures and their own perspectives on the hazards of helicopter operations and root causes of helicopter accidents. These data were compared with historical National Transportation Safety Board accident reports and accident briefs to determine more specifically the root causes of helicopter accidents. The results of the analysis include a list of hazards and probable root causes of accidents, as well as technological, training and standardization remedies to the causes.