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NTSB: Comprehensive Alaska aviation safety approach needed
21 February 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a comprehensive effort to improve aviation safety in Alaska, a region with a higher accident rate than the rest of the United States.

The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeking the formation of a safety-focused working group to better review, prioritize and integrate Alaska’s unique aviation safety needs into the FAA’s safety enhancement process.

From 2008 to 2017 the total accident rate in Alaska was 2.35 times higher than for the rest of the United States. The fatal accident rate in the state was 1.34 times higher, according to NTSB statistics.

The safety recommendation stems in part from an NTSB roundtable discussion last September in Anchorage, where Alaska aviation stakeholders discussed how aviation safety can be improved. Although the roundtable focused on Part 135 operations, which include business and charter flights, some of the proposals discussed, such as improving pilot training and consistently managing weather risks, are applicable to all aviation operations in Alaska.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N12373 crashed in Alaska in November 2013.