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June 21, 2019 20 min

It’s one of the most common questions that AOPA Legal Services Plan (LSP) attorneys get from members after a mishap… “what’s the difference between an aircraft accident and an incident? And what, if anything, do I need to report to the FAA and/or NTSB?”

One of the most frequent searches on our website is "Accident vs. Incident" Attorney Edward Hadley, who wrote a 2016 article on this same topic, is with us to discuss in detail both types of situations - and what to do in case of one. For this podcast, Edward joins us to explain why the difference between an accident and incident is important for pilots to know, including what the NTSB defines as substantial damage and when filing a NASA report is appropriate.


If you're involved in either of these situations, Pilot Protection Services is your first call, and can help guide you in the right direction. 


Show Notes: 

  • Ed's 2016 article:
  • Ray Carver’s article on 709 rides:
  • Link to the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System:
  • Link to FAA Advisory Circular on NASA reports:
  • 49 CFR Part 830:

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