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FAA: Incident Vs Accident?  
User currently offlineUAL-Fan From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 374 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 17179 times:

CNN reports that the SWA crash into a Burbank street has been classified as an "Incident" by the FAA. How do they classify these things? It looks like a pretty nasty accident to me. Are they trying to downplay this in light of all the other problems that have plagued the industry in the past several weeks. Just curious about how this works.

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User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17135 times:

The Federal Aviation Regulations describes the difference between an Incident and Accident as:

Accident: Means an occurence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substancial damage.

Incident: Means an occurance other than an accident with the operation of an aircraft, which affects or could affect the safety of operations.

Fatal Injury: Means any injury which results in death within 30 days of the accident.

I love the FAA's defination of fatal.. so if you die in 31, it's not a fatal accident.  

- Neil Harrison


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