Aviation Safety Issues Investigation Report SII A05-01
|Post-Impact Fire Accidents Involving Canadian-Registered Aircraft or Foreign-Registered Aircraft Under 5700 kg
from 01 January 1976 to 31 December 2002
|Type Certificate||Amateur Built||Basic Ultralights||Advanced Ultralights||Total|
|Aircraft Involved w/ Post-Impact Fire||476||30||12||5||523|
|Natural DeathFootnote 3||0||0%||1||5%||0||0%||0||0%||1||0%|
|Fire (minor)Footnote 5||4||0||0||0||4|
|Fatal or Serious Injury Accidents||351||23||8||5||387|
|Fire (minor)Footnote 5||1||0||1|
|Fire (minor)Footnote 5||0||0||n/a||n/a||0|
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Federal Aviation Administration (1990b), 14 CFR Parts 27 and 29, Airworthiness Standards: Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems in Normal and Transport Category Rotorcraft, Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Federal Register, 55(194), October 5.
Federal Aviation Administration (1994), 14 CFR Parts 27 and 29, Airworthiness Standards: Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems in Normal and Transport Category Rotorcraft, final rule, Federal Register, 59(190), October 3.
Federal Aviation Administration (1999), 14 CFR Part 23, Airworthiness Standards: Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems, Notice of Proposed Rule Making, withdrawal, Federal Register, 64(250), December 30.
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|AGATE||Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments|
|ANPRM||Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making|
|ARFF||Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting|
|ASIS||Aviation Safety Information System|
|CARs||Canadian Aviation Regulations|
|CFR||Code of Federal Regulations|
|CRFS||crash-resistant fuel system|
|EASA||European Aviation Safety Agency|
|ERS||Emergency Rescue Services|
|FAA||Federal Aviation Administration (United States)|
|FARs||Federal Aviation Regulations|
|FMVSS||Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard|
|GASP||General Aviation Safety Panel|
|km/h||kilometres per hour|
|NACA||National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics|
|NASA||National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|NFPA||National Fire Protection Association|
|NPRM||Notice of Proposed Rule Making|
|NTSB||National Transportation Safety Board (United States)|
|TSB||Transportation Safety Board of Canada|
|VFR||visual flight rules|
|VSL||value of statistical life|
1. Subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) defines a small aircraft as an aeroplane having a maximum permissible take-off weight of 5700 kg (12 566 pounds) or less, or a helicopter having a maximum permissible take-off weight of 2730 kg (6018 pounds) or less.
3. An otherwise survivable accident is one in which the impact forces are within the limits of occupant tolerance, the aircraft structure preserves the required survival space, and the occupant restraint is adequate.
4. A Safety Issues Investigation reviews multiple occurrences that the Board deems to be indicative of significant unsafe situations or conditions.
5. Examples of wording in cause of death statements that indicated that a death was related to fire are "smoke inhalation and burns due to or as a consequence of fire," "inhalation of products of combustion and thermal injury," "immolation," "inhalation of hot gases," "shock due to or as a consequence of burns," and "multiple corporal trauma due to incineration." Examples of wording in cause of death statements that indicated that a death was related to impact are "multiple injuries," "multiple blunt force and deceleration injuries," "laceration right ventricle of heart," "lacerated aorta," "blunt force injury of head, trunk, and extremities," and "massive multiple injuries due to or as a consequence of blunt trauma."
6. For all reported occurrences, initial determination of the facts is made to assist in deciding if an investigation is warranted. An investigation will be conducted if it is determined that there is potential to advance transportation safety. If an investigation is not warranted, the occurrence is classified as Class 5. The Board gathers and retains data for statistical and trend analysis, but no public report is prepared.
7. A chronology of PIF occurrences that are typical of the 128 accidents in which fire contributed to serious injury or fatality can be found in Document 3.
8. For the purpose of this report, type-certificated aircraft will be referred to as production aircraft or production helicopters.
9. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international, non-profit international standards development agency based in the United States dedicated to fire prevention and other safety issues. Two NFPA technical manuals based on accepted scientific principles and research, NFPA 422 (Guide for Aircraft Accident Response) and NFPA 921 (Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations) provide excellent guidance to air safety investigators for fire investigation.
10. 705 traffic refers to aeroplanes operated by a Canadian air operator for air transport service that have a maximum certified take-off weight of more than 8618 kg, or for which a Canadian type certificate has been issued authorizing the transport of 20 or more passengers, or to helicopters that have a seating configuration, excluding pilot seats, of 20 or more.
11. Jet B fuel is a relatively uncommon fuel type that is being phased out voluntarily by the oil refining industry.
12. Wheels-up landing and gear-up landing are used interchangeably in this report.
13. A research article by Mark S. Hayden et al. concluded that "The results of this study suggest a better performance, in terms of post-crash fire prevention, of CRFS-equipped civil helicopters as compared with those without CRFS. More widespread use of CRFS in civil helicopters would undoubtedly prevent some thermal fatalities and serious injuries."
14. An unsafe condition is defined as a situation or condition that has the potential to initiate, exacerbate, or otherwise facilitate an undesirable event.
15. File documents allowed up to three probable ignition sources to be selected for each occurrence.
16. The use of a helmet is voluntary and associated with certain air operations such as firefighting and crop dusting.
- Footnote 1
Fire or inhalation of smoke was identified as either partly or solely the cause of death.
- Footnote 2
Cause of death was due to impact forces.
- Footnote 3
Natural death occurring before the crash, due to aortic valve disease.
- Footnote 4
Fire-related injury might not necessarily be the cause of the serious injury.
- Footnote 5
The number of serious injuries accompanied by a minor fire-related injury.
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