Reducing Loss-of-Control Accidents in General Aviation Focus of NTSB Roundtable

April 19, 2018
Eighteen industry and government experts will participate in the one-day roundtable on April 24

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board will host a roundtable Tuesday on preventing in-flight loss of control in general aviation. The purpose of the event is to facilitate a discussion about possible solutions to prevent loss of control, which has played a role in more than 40 percent of all single-engine, fixed-wing general aviation fatal accidents.

Eighteen industry and government experts will participate in the one-day roundtable, "Prevent Loss of Control in Flight in General Aviation Through Training and Technology," in Washington, D.C on April 24.  NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt will moderate the participant-driven discussion.

“More general-aviation pilots and passengers die from accidents involving loss of control in flight than any other single factor," said Sumwalt. "Our goal is for these experts to discuss solutions available to prevent loss of control and to identify the path forward in our continued joint effort to improve safety.”

Loss of control accidents involve an aircraft’s unintended departure from controlled flight, which can be due to a variety of reasons, such as pilot distraction, loss of situational awareness, or weather. General aviation safety has been on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List since 2012.

The one-day roundtable event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT, in the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th Street SW, Washington, DC 20594.

The agenda, presenter biographies and other information about the roundtable are available online at

The event is also scheduled to be webcast live. A link to the webcast will be available on the day of the roundtable at An archive of the webcast will be available on the NTSB website after the event.

The Twitter hashtag for the roundtable is #NTSBair.