The aviation industry is bound by countless stringent safety regulations designed to keep passengers and crew safe at all times. However, it is impossible to fully mitigate against what can be quite random occurrences, and, subsequently, things can and do sometimes go wrong. In such instances, one often hears the terms ‘accident’ and ‘incident’ used to describe what has happened to the aircraft or its occupants. But what exactly do these terms mean?
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://simpleflying.com/aviation-incident-accident-difference/