A US General Accounting Office (GAO) report confirms that the US military completed one of its safest flying years during fiscal year 1997 despite a rash of accidents last September. The mishap rate was 1.5 accidents per 100,000 flying hours, which is unchanged from the previous two years. There were 68 major US military accidents, three fewer than during the previous year, and the lowest number since 1958 when the Pentagon began keeping records.

Source: Flight International