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Accidents in Agricultural Aviation in the United States: A 28-Year Investigation

Accidents in Agricultural Aviation in the United States: A 28-Year Investigation A 28-year (1982–2009) retrospective investigation was carried out for3,102 fixed-wing agricultural aircraft involved in the aerial application (Part137) of pesticides or fertilizers (crop dusting). In total,64% of the pilots remained uninjured, while 10% of accidents werefatal. This type of aviation is unique as proportionally more accidents occurredduring the maneuvering / aerial application and landing phases, involvinglow-altitude crashes. Collision with poorly visible obstacles in the landscapewas involved in 27% of the crashes. These accidents were more likely toinvolve fatalities, occurred predominantly during maneuvering at the applicationsite, and were often attributed to human error (inappropriate visual lookout andclearance). Recommendations discussed include markings on objects that mayimprove low-altitude navigation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors American Psychological Association

Accidents in Agricultural Aviation in the United States: A 28-Year Investigation

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN
2192-0923
eISSN
2192-0931
DOI
10.1027/2192-0923/a000053
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Abstract

A 28-year (1982–2009) retrospective investigation was carried out for3,102 fixed-wing agricultural aircraft involved in the aerial application (Part137) of pesticides or fertilizers (crop dusting). In total,64% of the pilots remained uninjured, while 10% of accidents werefatal. This type of aviation is unique as proportionally more accidents occurredduring the maneuvering / aerial application and landing phases, involvinglow-altitude crashes. Collision with poorly visible obstacles in the landscapewas involved in 27% of the crashes. These accidents were more likely toinvolve fatalities, occurred predominantly during maneuvering at the applicationsite, and were often attributed to human error (inappropriate visual lookout andclearance). Recommendations discussed include markings on objects that mayimprove low-altitude navigation.

Journal

Aviation Psychology and Applied Human FactorsAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Mar 14, 2014

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