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FAA targets private, corporate aircraft accidents

Federal aviation officials say they want to reduce the accident rate for private and corporate aircraft by 10 percent over the next eight years.

Federal aviation officials say they want to reduce the accident rate for private and corporate aircraft by 10 percent over the next eight years.

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said Monday he is concerned that the accident rate for general aviation — most aircraft besides airlines — has improved only slightly in recent years.

There were 268 fatal accidents with 457 deaths in 2010, or 1.14 accidents per 100,000 hours flown.

That's down from 325 fatal accidents and 562 deaths in 2001. But the number of hours flown by non-airline pilots has dropped since the economic downturn that began in 2008. Babbitt said that means the rate of accidents compared to flight hours has improved only slightly.

He said he wants more research and outreach to pilots.

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