The total number of U.S. civil aviation accidents and fatalities in 2009 decreased compared to 2008, according to the NTSB preliminary statistics for 2009 released last week. The safety board recorded a total of 1,551 accidents and 534 fatalities in 2009 compared to 1,658 accidents and 566 deaths in 2008. Only one fatal accident involving a scheduled Part 121 operator occurred last year: the Feb. 12, 2009, crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y. that killed 50 people. General ...

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