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NTSB issues safety wish list “Alerts” for the New Year

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a safety wish list for 2014 it is calling “Safety Alerts.”

"At a time when many people are putting together lists of resolutions for the coming year, these five Safety Alerts remind pilots, mechanics and passengers of basic safety precautions to add to their checklists to ensure a safe flight for all on board," said Deborah Hersman, NTSB's chairman in a recent statement.

The NTSB issued five items to the alert list for 2014 they are:

· Check Emergency Locater Transmitters to be sure that they are “Armed” for safety, by verifying that the devices are switched on and attached to aircraft to ensure that they will work properly when needed.

· Check aircraft restraints

· Engine power loss due to carburetor icing

· Secure all items in the aircraft cabin

· Proper use of fiver of nylon self-locking nuts

According to the National Transportation Safety Board airline and commercial aviation continues to maintain a strong safety record. General aviation however, is averaging 1,500 accidents yearly, which kills 475 pilots and passengers, and leaves hundreds more seriously injured.

According to the NTSB, general aviation accident rates in the Lower 48 have increased 20 percent, while the fatal accident rate has increased 25 percent over a 10-year period.

For a list of the aviation and other safety alerts by the NTSB since 2004 please see: Safety Alerts.

Rob Stapleton can be reached at: robstapleton(at)alaska.net

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