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Top safety risks in commercial aviation – Friday Fact

Sir Sefton BranckerIn 1925 Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil Aviation, presented a paper to the to the Royal Aeronautical Society in which he analysed the “various sources of danger“.

Sir Sefton stated that the top dangers present in aviation were:

  • Breakage of the aircraft itself in the air
  • Jamming or failure of controls
  • Fire
  • Powerplant failure
  • Error of judgement.
  • Adverse weather Collision

Sir Sefton wasn’t there when the paper was presented, he left it to his colleague Major Mayo, as he was flying round ‘East’ at the time. Even though he didn’t participate in the papers debate in 1925, given where we are nearly 100 years later I’d say old Sir Sefton knew what he was talking about. In 2009, the UK Civil Aviation Authority created a task force to look at the top safety risks in commercial aviation. Known as the significant 7 they said these are:

  • Loss of control
  • Runway excursion
  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Runway incursion
  • Airborne conflict
  • Ground-handling accidents
  • Fire