NTSB: Aviation fatalities in U.S. decrease in 2009

Aviation fatalities in the U.S. in 2009 decreased to 538 from 574 in 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported.

Nearly 90 percent of aviation fatalities last year occurred in general aviation accidents (471), but they still represented a decrease from the previous year (494), the board said.

In other categories, airline fatalities increased to 52 from three in 2008; air taxi deaths declined to 11 from 69 in the previous year; commuter carriers recorded no deaths in either year; and foreign carriers posted four deaths, down from eight in 2008.

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