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U.K. AAIB releases Annual Safety Review 2017
14 March 2018

The U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released its Annual Safety Review 2017.

The AAIB reported that it received 708 occurrence notifications in 2017 and deployed 38 times to conduct field investigations, 16 of which were fatal accidents in the UK resulting in 28 deaths. A further 204 investigations were conducted by correspondence. Most of the fatal accidents involved General Aviation with the dominant causal factors being loss of control in flight and weather-related issues.

A review of General Aviation accident reports published by the AAIB between 2010 and 2015, inclusive showed similar causal factors. The predominant causal factor was loss of control in flight, which accounted for almost half of the 72 accidents. Of these, most involved the aircraft entering an inadvertent stall and/or spin following engine failure, or during aerobatics.

In 2017 the AAIB issued 29 Safety Recommendations from 8 investigations. As of the end of February 2018, responses have been received for 21 of these 29 recommendations. In assessing the responses, 15 were adequate and closed, 5 were partially adequate and 1 was not adequate.

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