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Flying safety records getting better – IATA

According to IATA, the 2011 accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in aviation history, better than the previous record low, set just the previous year.

Thursday 15 March 2012, 03:48PM

The 2011 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.37, the equivalent of one accident every 2.7 million flights.

This represented a 39-per-cent improvement compared with 2010, when the accident rate was 0.61, or one accident for every 1.6 million flights.

A hull loss is an accident in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not later repaired for whatever reason, including a financial decision by the owner.

“Safety is the air transport industry’s number one priority,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “It is also a team effort. The entire stakeholder community – airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and safety regulators –  works together every day to make the skies safer, based on global standards.

“As a result, flying is one of the safest things that a person could do.”

Key numbers:
– 2.8 billion people flew safely on 38 million flights (30 million by jet, eight million by turboprop).

– 11 hull-loss accidents involved Western-built jets, compared with 17 in 2010.

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– 92 total accidents (all aircraft types, Eastern- and Western-built) a small drop from 94 in 2010.

–Five fatal hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets, down from eight in 2010.

 –22 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 23 in 2010.

– 486 deaths compared with 786 in 2010.

– Fatality rate dropped to 0.07 per million passengers from 0.21 in 2010, based on Western-built jet operations.
Dragging down the global average were deteriorating figures in the former Soviet countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and North Africa.

–Although Africa improved dramatically, from 7.41 to 3.27 in 2010, it was still the worst-performing region.



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