Original story: By (@JimAvilaABC) and (@SerenaMarsh)

via ABCNews.com

From original story:

Just this weekend, there were nine fatalities in 11 small plane crashes nationwide. A twin-engine jet crashed into a house in South Bend, Ind., killing two on Sunday. While a twin-engine turbo prop in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., killed three when it crashed into an auto pound.

NTSB chief Deborah Hersman told ABC News that 97 percent of aviation fatalities occur in general aviation, not commercial flights.

“The NTSB is so concerned with general aviation safety that we have placed this on our ‘most wanted’ list of transportation safety improvements,” Hersman said.

In fact, while domestic commercial airplanes are on a safety streak of no fatalities in more than three years, small planes average five accidents per day, accounting for nearly 500 American deaths in small planes each year.

Full story, with video, here.

On March 12, 2013 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued Five Safety Alerts to Improve General Aviation Safety, the Press Release can be found, here. The Press Release states:

“Because we investigate each of the 1,500 GA accidents that occur in the United States every year, we see the same types of accidents over and over again,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “What’s especially tragic is that so many of these accidents are entirely preventable.”

Each year, about 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured in GA accidents in the United States, which is why GA Safety is on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List. (http://go.usa.gov/28DF)

A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety hazard and offers practical remedies to address the issue. Three of the Safety Alerts focus on topics related to some of the most common defining events for fatal GA accidents. These include low-altitude stalls, spatial disorientation and controlled flight into terrain, and mechanical problems. The other two Safety Alerts address risk mitigation.

The five Safety Alerts issued today (March 12, 2013) are:

  • Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!
  • Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance
  • Avoid Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude
  • Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety
  • Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety
Full NTSB Press Release, here.
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