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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:01 AM
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Only 5 non passenger deaths from general aviation in 2005 in US
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 10:19 AM by ddeclue
USA Today reported that 98,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to medical mistakes back in May:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-05-17-medical-...

I guess it's hard to show these mistakes on video on your local news at 11.

There are 98,000 medical mistake deaths -yet general aviation is the problem we should be worring about at 562 deaths of which 557 were on board the plane and there were a total of 321 fatal accidents in 2005.

That means that only 5 non-passenger bystanders were killed in the entire nation of 300,000,000 Americans all year by general aviation accidents! More people are killed by lightning in 2005 (40) than died as a non-passenger bystander.

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/stats/95-04_Deaths_...


According to NeurosurgeryToday.org, the top twenty sports/recreational causes of head injury are:

The following 20 sports/recreational activities represent the categories contributing to the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2005.

Cycling: 64,140
Powered Recreational Vehicles (ATVs, Dune Buggies, Go-Carts, Mini bikes, Off-road): 26,093
Football: 31,883
Basketball: 25,241
Baseball and Softball: 22,919
Water Sports (Diving, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Swimming, Water Polo, Water Skiing): 17,505
Winter Sports (Skiing, Sledding, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling): 16,707
Soccer: 14,674
Skateboards/Scooters: 13,248
Horseback Riding: 10,377
Health Club (Exercise, Weightlifting): 10,218
Golf: 7,885
Hockey: 6,069
Trampolines: 5,347
Skating (In line, roller, roller hockey): 3,527
Fishing: 3,236
Gymnastics/Dance: 3,141
Ball Sports (unspecified): 3,037
Ice Skating: 2,853
Wrestling: 2,298

source: http://www.neurosurgerytoday.org/what/patient_e/sports....

General Aviation is not on their list!

According to the law firm of Gary, Martin & Hays which does accident cases they say 720 people died in bicycle accidents in 2005.

http://www.garymartinhays.com/PracticeAreas/Bicycle-Acc...


Should we ban bicycles too?

I just hate all this media hyped uninformed hysteria.

Douglas J. De Clue
AOPA Member
FAA Licensed Pilot, Single Engine Land
Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech
and
Democrat
Orlando, FL
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