Accession Number:

ADA285691

Title:

Commuter/Air Taxi Ditchings and Water-Related Impacts that Occurred from 1979 to 1989

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 1990-Dec 1992

Corporate Author:

GALAXY SCIENTIFIC CORP EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

103.0

Abstract:

This report documents an investigation of ditchings and water-related impacts for commuter-category aircraft that occurred during the years 1979 through 1989. The main source of accident data was the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB. Data were also sought from the International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.S. Navy Safety Center. A total of 46 accidents was obtained and examined for this study. Of these, 40 cases satisfied the criteria for inclusion into the database. Impact and post-impact conditions were categorized to assess aircraft behavior and occupant survivability. Two impact scenarios and two post-impact scenarios were established. Special emphasis was placed on examining aircraft flotation behavior and post-impact survivability. In addition, five representative case studies are presented to demonstrate aspects peculiar to the commuter-category aircraft water impact and post-impact sequence that could not be adequately covered by the statistical categorizations alone.

Subject Categories:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft
  • Civilian Aircraft
  • Commercial and General Aviation
  • Information Science
  • Safety Engineering
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE