Airline Crash Statistics

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Airline and Helicopter Accident and Incident History

American Airlines, Inc. is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. American Airlines and its regional affiliates, American Eagle and AmericanConnection, operate more than 6,700 daily flights, serving 336 cities in more than 50 countries. American Airlines employs more than 113,000 employees worldwide. Recently, American Airlines merged with US Airways to become the largest airline in the world. Since 1950, there have been over 20 major accidents involving American Airlines.

Continental Airlines, Inc. was headquartered in Houston, Texas and regional flights were operated by Continental Connection and Continental Express, under code-share agreement with Continental Airlines. Continental Connection is operated by CommutAir, Colgan Air, Cape Air and Gulfstream International Airlines. Continental operated more than 2,800 daily flights and served 135 domestic and 132 international destinations. It employed over 45,000 employees and had annual earnings of over $3.5 billion. In 2010, Continental Airlines was acquired by United Airlines. From 1960 to 2009 there were 13 major accidents involving Continental Airlines.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and began in 1928 as a crop dusting service and air mail delivery. As the company grew, it merged with or purchased other airlines, including: Northeast Airlines, Western Airlines, a part of Pan Am, Northwest Airlines among others. It has major operations in nearly every region of the world and a mainline fleet of more than 770 aircraft. Delta, through its SkyTeam partners, operates approximately 13,000 flights each day. Delta Air Lines transports more than 160 million customers on an annual basis, and offers flights to more than 330 destinations in 68 countries. The airline employs about 80,000 employees worldwide. Since 1947, Delta has reportedly been involved in 12 accidents, resulting in the loss of 303 people.

Southwest Airlines began operations in 1971 and has since become America’s largest low-cost air carriers. The airline’s fleet is comprised exclusively of Boeing 737 aircraft. Since 2000, Southwest Airlines has had eight major incidents, including the engine failure of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380. Southwest employs over 50,000 people and during peak seasons, the carrier operates 4,000 weekday departures. Forbes lists Southwest Airlines as one of the most profitable carriers in the world.

United Air Lines, Inc. (United Airlines) is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and offers flight destinations across North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The airline has U.S. alliances with United Express, Great Lakes Aviation, Gulfstream International Airlines, Island Air and Mokulele Airlines. United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 3,300 daily flights and serve more than 300 domestic and international destinations. United employs over 80,000 employees in the U.S. and worldwide. Since 1950 United Airlines has been involved in over 25 major accidents.

US Airways, Inc. was headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and operated major hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Starting out in 1939 delivering air-mail under the name All-American Airways, US Airways steadily transformed over decades of mergers and business acquisitions into the fifth largest airline in the United States. US Airways operated more than 3,000 daily flights, and served 155 domestic and 44 international destinations. The airline employed more than 32,000 employees and served approximately 60 million passengers each year. In 2015, US Airways merged with American Airlines to become the largest airline in the world. Since 1985 there have been over 10 major accidents involving US Airways and the former USAir.

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. began in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation. The company has produced more than 35,000 aircraft and serves customers around the world. The company is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has manufacturing plants in Amarillo, Texas, and Mirabel, Canada. The company claims the invention of the tilt rotor aircraft, which purports to produce vertical lift like a helicopter for takeoff and landing, then shifts (tilts) to horizontal thrust in order to achieve speeds similar to an airplane. It boasts the ability to carry three times more cargo than traditional helicopters. Bell helicopters have been involved in approximately 2,300 accidents, 460 of which were fatal crashes. As a result, more than 1,000 people have died.

Robinson Helicopter Company began in 1973 as a helicopter manufacturing company, based in Southern California, which produces the R22, a two-seater model, and the R44, a four-seater model. In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration certified the company’s newest model, the R66, a turbine-powered model, and since that time more than 100 R66 helicopters have been released to customers. In the past four decades, the company has built more than 10,000 helicopters. The company employs a workforce of approximately 1,000 workers who work in manufacturing, refurbishing older aircraft and providing training for instructors and technicians. Robinson also offers helicopters that are made specifically for law enforcement agencies and news organizations. There have been more than 1,220 accidents involving Robinson Helicopter aircraft. Nearly 300 of these were fatal accidents, and as a result, over 500 individuals have died.