As 2008 ends, we see some good news.  Fewer fatal accidents, more CAPS saves and a decline in the fatal accident rate.

The final quarter of 2008 had fewer fatal accidents than same dark months of Oct-Dec in 2007 or 2006 (3 vs 5 or 5 respectively).  The last three months also had three CAPS activations after a 13-month gap.  All this is good news as the fleet continues to grow beyond 4,200 airplanes and 2.6 million hours of flying time.  As of Dec 31, 2008, there have been 44 fatal accidents with 88 fatalities and 13 serious injuries, and 16 CAPS activations with 29 survivors.

The Cirrus fatal accident rate declined to 1.43 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours in the past 12 months, 1.51 in the past 36 months (click image to enlarge).

Recent fatal accidents:

Recent CAPS activations: