The prevalence of weather-related general aviation (GA) accidents has declined over the past two decades, yet the fatality rate of these accidents remains high. The goal of this study was to examine predictors of fatality within a set of weather-related GA accidents to determine if there are particular factors that contribute to excessively high fatality rates. 3,206 weather-related GA accidents from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Aviation Accident Database were analyzed using univariate chi-squares and binary logistic regression. A variety of pilot, aircraft, flight, and accident-related factors were evaluated to determine if they increased the odds of pilot fatality. Results suggest that the predictors of fatality in weather-related accidents are similar to those in the greater GA population; but that these factors are more prevalent within weather-related accidents.
Price, J. M.,
& Groff, L. S.
(2005). Risk Factors for Fatal General Aviation Accidents in Degraded Visual Conditions. 2005 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 584-589.