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FAA: Incident Vs Accident?

Mon Mar 06, 2000 2:34 pm

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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RE: FAA: Incident Vs Accident?

Mon Mar 06, 2000 9:36 pm

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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