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Article first published online: 13 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 55, Issue 2, pages 176–186, February 2012
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Mode, N. A., O'Connor, M. B., Conway, G. A. and Hill, R. D. (2012), A multifaceted public health approach to statewide aviation safety. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 176–186. doi: 10.1002/ajim.21993
Institution where work was performed: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Alaska Pacific Regional Office.
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- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 13 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 NOV 2011
- controlled flight into terrain;
- Part 135;
During the 1990s, Alaskan pilots had one of the most hazardous occupations in the US. In 2000, a multifaceted public health initiative was launched, focusing on Alaskan air taxi/commuter (AT) operations, including risk factor identification, improved weather information, and the formation of an industry-led safety organization.
Effectiveness was assessed by comparing rates of crashes using Poisson regression, comparing trends in annual numbers of crashes, and assessing changes in the number and type of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) events.
The greatest improvements were seen in Alaska fatal AT crashes with a 57% decrease in rates between time periods. While the number of AT crashes in the rest of the US steadily declined during 1990–2009, Alaska only showed significant declines after 2000. CFIT crashes declined but remained more deadly than other crashes.
This coordinated effort was successful in reducing crashes in the Alaskan AT industry. Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:176–186, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.