||Aerial Application Accidents 1963 to 1966: An Analysis of the Principal Factors.
Reich, George A. ;
Berner., William H. ;
||National Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Ga.
Utility aircraft ;
Aviation accidents ;
Seasonal variations ;
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The use of aircraft in agricultural operations is increasing. The accident rate for aerial applicators is second only to pleasure flying. An analysis of 1,328 aerial application accidents revealed the large majority of these occurred during the summer. Most of these crashes occur in southern and western states. Texas, California, and the Mississippi Delta account for 46% of all fatal crashes. Five plane manufacturers account for 83% of all crashes. Fire after impact is associated with fatal crashes. Safety-oriented engineering might well reduce the number of fatalities. Pilot factors are very important in the causation of these crashes. Lack of pilot experience at flying appears to be associated with fatal crashes. There is some evidence that the pilot's exposure to toxic chemicals may play a contributory or causal role in crashes of aerial applicators.