710 An Analysis of Two Decades of Turbulence Impacts to Commercial Aviation

Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Timothy H. Miner, Allied Pilots Association, Fort Worth, TX; and D. Eick

In the last two decades, turbulence has been the primary cause of weather-related aircraft incidents and injuries in commercial, air-transport aviation.  After analyzing the data available there are several trends that point towards mitigations of future turbulence incidents and accidents.  Using publically-available data from the National Transportation Safety Board the analysis shows that aircraft manufacturing, data vendors and operaters can make a difference in injury mitigation through collaborative efforts that allow the safe passage of aviation through turbulent atmospheric conditions for all members of the community without proprietary withholding of information.
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