The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the 2011 accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in aviation history, surpassing the previous mark set in 2010.
The 2011 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 was a 39% improvement on the 2010 figures, where the accident rate was 0.61, or one accident for every 1.6 million flights.
There were 92 accidents involving both Eastern- and Western-built jets last year. Only five of the 11 hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets were fatal, which represents an improvement on the eight out of 17 in 2010.
Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO commented: “Safety is the air transport industry’s number one priority. It is also a team effort. The ultimate goal of zero accidents keeps everyone involved in aviation focused on building an ever safer industry.”
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