IATA Claims 2012 is Safest in History

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the 2012 global accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in aviation history.

The rate, measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets, was 0.2 – the equivalent of one accident every five million flights.  This represents a 46% improvement on 2011’s 0.37, or one accident for every 2.7 million flights.  IATA’s 240+ member airlines recorded no Western-built jet hull losses in 2012.

Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, commented:  “The industry’s 2012 record safety performance was the best in history.  Each day, approximately 100,000 flights arrive safely at their destination.  Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers and safety regulators work together to ensure every flight is as safe as possible.  Their dedication and cooperation has made air travel remarkably safe.  Nevertheless, there is still work to do.”

Almost three billion passengers flew safely on 37.5 million flights (29.8 million by jet, 7.7 million by turboprop).  There were 75 accidents in total last year (both Eastern- and Western-built jets), down from 92 in 2011.  Out of these, only 15 were fatal, compared to 22 in 2011.  There were six hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets, three of which were fatal, compared to 11 (five fatal) the previous year.

In total, there were 414 fatalities in 2012 compared to 486 in 2011.  However, the fatality rate increased to 0.08 per million passengers from 0.07 in 2011.


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One Response to IATA Claims 2012 is Safest in History

  1. Md. Shah Alam Sarker says:

    Safe flight, safe asset management with excellence of pilots in the air and controllers on the earth.