Aircraft Air Accidents and Damage Rates  Print 
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Introduction
Background
Table 1 - Aircraft lost or badly damaged in air accidents
Table 2 - Damage rates
 
                                     
Table 2 Damage rates per ten thousand flying hours by aircraft role and type
                                     
These are damage rates per ten thousand flying hours of the numbers of aircraft that were lost or badly damaged in accidents that happened after the aircrew had taken responsibility for the aircraft. They include accidents during military operations, but exclude aircraft losses caused by 'hostile action'.
Only aircraft types that flew in 2005 are shown, except where marked with a footnote.
These exclude accidents to aircraft on MOD Defence Procurement Agency charge.
                                     
  up to   1975   1980   1985   1990   1995   2000     Average   Years
Operational 1974   to 1979   to 1984   to 1989   to 1994   to 1999   to 2005     to 2005   covered
Fast Jet                                    
Sea Harrier *   -   4.41   1.36   1.83   1.68   1.16   1.97   from 1979
Jaguar 1.76   1.19   1.37   0.96   0.55   0.96   0.30 2   1.02 2 from 1973
Harrier GR7 & GR9 *   *   *   -   0.90   1.97   0.14 2   0.98 2 from 1988
Tornado GR1 & GR4 *   *   1.46   0.69   0.73   0.33   0.26 2   0.60 2 from 1980
Tornado F2 & F3 *   *   *   0.21   0.19   0.55   0.16 2   0.28 2 from 1985
Typhoon *   *   *   *   *   *   -     -   from 2004
                                     
Helicopters                                    
Merlin Mk 1 *   *   *   *   *   -   0.92     0.89   from 1999
Sea King Mk 1/2/5/6/7 1 0.61   0.64   1.14   0.76   0.41   0.18   0.30     0.60   from 1969
Lynx Mk 2, 3 & 8 1 *   *   0.67   0.23   0.47   0.42   0.73     0.48   from 1980
Lynx AH1, 7 & 9 1 *   2.01   0.33   0.63   0.45   0.27   0.50 2   0.46 2 from 1977
Gazelle AH1 1.74   0.78   0.62   0.33   0.43   0.19   0.26 2   0.43 2 from 1973
Puma 0.94   1.02   -   -   0.42   0.14   0.64 2   0.39 2 from 1971
Chinook *   *   0.33   0.90   0.48   0.18   -     0.37 2 from 1980
Sea King HC4 (RM) *   -   1.81   -   0.32   -   0.14     0.22   from 1979
Sea King HAR 3 *   -   -   0.23   0.21   -   0.17 2   0.12 2 from 1978
Agusta A109 *   *   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1984
Apache *   *   *   *   *   *   -     -   from 2001
Merlin HC3 *   *   *   *   *   *   -     -   from 2001
                                     
Transport and                                    
Reconnaissance                                    
Islander (Army) *   *   *   -   -   0.84   -     0.24 2 from 1989
Jetstream T2/3 (RN) *   -   -   0.27   -   -   -     0.07   from 1978
Nimrod -   -   0.22   -   -   0.31   -     0.07 2 from 1969
Hercules 0.11   -   -   -   0.04   0.05   -     0.04 2 from 1967
BAe 125 -   -   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1971
BAe 146 *   *   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1983
C17 *   *   *   *   *   *   -     -   from 2001
Sentry *   *   *   *   -   -   -     -   from 1991
Tristar *   *   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1984
Twin Squirrel *   *   *   *   *   -   -     -   from 1996
VC10 -   -   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1966
                                     
Training                                    
Fast Jet                                    
Harrier T4 & T8 (RN) 1 *   -   -   4.16   -   5.74   5.47     3.61   from 1979
Harrier T10 *   *   *   *   *   0.99   -     0.52 2 from 1995
Hawk (RAF) *   -   0.62   0.69   0.16   0.48   0.25 2   0.43 2 from 1976
Hawk (RN) *   *   *   *   -   -   -     -   from 1994
                                     
Other                                    
Tutor *   *   *   *   *   -   0.09 2   0.09 2 from 1999
Jetstream T1 6.95   -   -   -   -   -   -     0.07   from 1973
Squirrel HT1 *   *   *   *   *   -   0.09 2   0.06 2 from 1997
Tucano *   *   *   -   0.10   0.10   -     0.06 2 from 1988
Dominie -   -   -   -   -   -   -     -   from 1965
Firefly *   *   *   *   *   -   -     -   from 1996
Griffin *   *   *   *   *   -   -     -   from 1997
Kingair *   *   *   *   *   *   -     -   from 2004
                                     
                          Source: DASA(Logistics)
                                     
1. These aircraft types include variants not flown in 2005, for historical comparison.
2. Some flying hours in 2005 were not available at time of publication. Rates have therefore been estimated, and will be updated on DASA's Internet site once full flying hours are available
                                     
* Not applicable - these years are before the introduction of this aircraft into service
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