This list of accidents and incidents involving general aviation is grouped by the years in which the accidents or incidents occurred. "General aviation" here includes private as well as corporate aircraft operating under general aviation rules,[note A] i.e. not flights of airliners, commuter or military aircraft.
May 13 – A Flanders Monoplanecrashed at Brooklands, Surrey, United Kingdom, killing the pilot and his passenger. The accident was investigated by the Royal Aero Club, which issued the first-ever report into an aviation accident and established the science of aviation accident investigation.
January 22 - The personal Piaggio P.136L-2 airplane of Alexander Onassis crashed at Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece. A few seconds after takeoff from runway 33, the plane's right wing dropped and stayed down, and the plane crashed shortly after losing balance. The pilot, Donald McCusker, and another passenger both suffered serious injuries in the crash, and Onassis died the next day from his injuries. Reports into the crash concluded that it had occurred as a result of the reversing of the aileron connecting cables during the installation of a new control column. Manslaughter proceedings initiated against McCusker were later dropped, and six people were also charged over Onassis's death in January 1974, with their indictment indicating that faulty controls had been fitted to his plane. Onassis's father, Aristotle Onassis refused to believe his sons death was an accident.
December 31 - Popular singer and actor Ricky Nelson and six others were killed during a failed emergency landing in a Douglas DC-3, registration number N711Y, in a field near De Kalb, Texas. The aircraft's cabin had filled with dense smoke after the flight crew attempted to turn on a cabin heater while en route to Dallas, Texas from Guntersville, Alabama; the aircraft struck trees and utility poles, suffering severe damage and bursting into flames. The NTSB was unable to verify the origin of the smoke, stating in the final report that "... the ignition and fuel source were not determined."
July 10 – A Sikorsky H-34 crashed and sank into the Brookville Reservoir in Brookville, Indiana. The pilot Steve Myler and co-pilot Joseph Rukazina, both made it out while the mechanic Michael Jarski lost his life.
March 5 – at Saint-Forget, France a Socata Rallye MS.892 (registered as F-BLSO) collided midair with a Cessna F150 (registered as F-BSIQ) killing the instructor and student pilot in the latter aircraft. After investigation, the BEA called for obligatory use of transponders in a large zone around Paris.
July 21 – a South African registered aircraft, carrying 12 passengers and two crew, crashed into Mount Kenya: there were no survivors.
October 24 – a Beechcraft Super King Air aircraft, registered N501RH and owned by Hendrick Motorsports, crashed into mountainous terrain in Stuart, Virginia, during a missed approach to Blue Ridge Airport. All ten people on board were killed; among them, members of the Hendrick family including John Hendrick, president of Hendrick Motorsports, and former NASCAR Busch Series driver and owner Ricky Hendrick.
September 11 - A Cessna A152 - G-BHAC crashed near Bethesda, Gwynedd, Wales minutes after takeoff resulting in the death of the passenger Mr. S. Kingsbury (73) and serious injury to the pilot Mr. P. Vaux (61). The AAIB attributed the cause of the crash to the pilot who shortly before had aborted a flight on an alternative return route due to bad weather! The official report is:
February 15 – A Bell205Helicopter while flying in dense mist and light rain crashes into Polhuín Hill, Chanco, Cauquenes Province, Chile. The accident occurred when the Bell helicopter owned by Flight Services Helicópteros was ferrying local fire-fighters from a Eucalyptus plantation to a forest fire in the Quirihue Sector of the Eighth Region. The wreckage from the accident was scattered over a large area killing the pilot a former Chilean Airforce officer and 12 fire-fighters from the Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion (CELCO) company.
July 23 - An American pilot attempting to fly around the world in 30 days to promote education crashed with his plane in the Pacific Ocean, killing him and leaving his father, also on board, missing.