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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 9th Edition by David J. Smith

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Chapter 26

Helicopter Incidents and Risk Assessment

Abstract

This chapter provides recent (at the time of writing) helicopter accident and fatality statistics and compares helicopter safety with other activities. The statistical relationship of pilot experience to incident probability is explored and some risk assessments are described.

Keywords

Helicopter
incident
fatality
FAFR
floatation
experience
In the case of rotorcraft the distinction between reliability and safety is interesting. The majority of failures will be safety related albeit but also costly. Not all incidents and failures lead to injury. In fact only about 7% of incidents are fatal as will be seen in the following statistics.
Furthermore the majority of failures/incidents are ...

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