Fatalities Fall By 25% In 2008

Figures released by Ascend, a leading provider of information and consultancy to the global aerospace industry, show that 2008 was one of the best years on record for air safety.
In its annual safety bulletin, the company reveals a 25% drop between 2007 and 2008 in the number of fatalities resulting from aircraft accidents.
With a figure of 539 deaths, 2008 was an improvement on the 730 recorded in 2007. Only in 2004 were fewer fatalities recorded – a figure of 434. However, in 2008 there were 28 fatal air accidents – a rise of 17% on 2007’s 24.
The fatal accident rate of 1 per 1.3 million flights is better than the overall rate for the nine years since 2000 of 1 per 1.2 million. The year also compares favourably with those of the 1990s, in which an average of 37.4 fatal accidents per year was recorded. Furthermore, in that decade an average of 1,128 people died each year – more than twice the number recorded in 2008.