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World Aircraft Accident Summary (WAAS) Subset


The United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives numerous requests for information about the accident records of both domestic and foreign airlines. In response to these requests, the FAA entered into a licensing agreement with FlightGlobal Ltd. to develop a database, which the the public can access via the Internet, that contains a subset of the accident information maintained in the World Aircraft Accident Summary (WAAS) database.

The World Aircraft Accident Summary (WAAS) produced on behalf of the British Civil Aviation Authority, by FlightGlobal Limited, provides brief details of all known major operational accidents to jet and turboprop aircraft and helicopters and the larger piston-engined types worldwide.

The subset of the WAAS purchased by the FAA contains data and descriptive information about all known fatal airline accidents with passenger fatalities for the last ten years. No part of the WAAS subset may be produced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission in writing from FlightGlobal Limited.

The accident details presented in the WAAS subset have been drawn from many sources both official and unofficial (including press reports). Therefore, they may be incomplete or otherwise incorrect. The narrative generally will be longer and more specific when an official investigative report of an accident is available to the public.

The conversion of accident descriptions from hard-copy to electronic format often requires that narrative information be condensed.  This can result in unintentional shifts in emphasis. Whilst the utmost care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the information is supplied on the understanding that no legal liability whatsoever shall attach to the FlightGlobal Limited, its subsidiaries, their officers or employees in respect of any error or omission that may have occurred.

Accident definition

The definition of an accident used in WAAS generally follows that of ICAO Annex 13, being any event which causes death or serious injury and/or substantial damage to the aircraft from the time the first person boards with intention of flight until the last person leaves after flight. FlightGlobal Limited has excluded: non-operational accidents such as hangar fires, damage contained entirely within an engine and deaths and injuries caused by slips and falls, food poisoning, onboard machinery etc.