Accidents Down In 2009 But Fatalities Up

ACCORDING TO UK-based consultancy and information services provider Ascend, 2009 was “the safest year ever” for airline operations in terms of the rate of fatal accidents, although the number of passengers and crew killed increased “significantly” from 2008.  It reported that the fatal accident rate in 2009 was the best ratio ever recorded and noted that flying is “now about twice as safe as in the 1990s.”
The number of fatal accidents in 2009 decreased 23% to 23 from 30 in 2008.  The 2009 total was 15% below the annual average of 27 for the decade and 40% fewer than the annual average of 37.4 in the 1990s.  There were 100 fewer fatal accidents overall in the 2000s than in the 1990s, or ten fewer per year on average.