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Features February 2016 Issue

Loss of Control

Loss of Control

Forty percent of all fatal GA accidents are attributed to it—one every four days—and instrument pilots often fall victim. Maybe we should be paying attention.

Loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) is the leading killer in GA, with more fatal accidents than the next six causes combined. The Colgan 3407 and Air France 447 crashes brought LOC-I to the forefront. We’re forced to ask how we can lose control of perfectly good airplanes. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics identified LOC-I as “the most significant cause of commercial aviation fatalities worldwide.”

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