The past year 2017 turned out to be the safest in aviation history, according to Aviation Safety Network (ASN).
The Dutch resource centre for aircraft accidents and civil aviation safety issues recorded 10 fatal accidents last year, including smaller aircraft with more than 14 seats and cargo aircraft. For the first time since 1957 there have been no accidents involving commercial passenger jets belonging to major airlines.
Given the worldwide air traffic of about 36,800,000 flights in 2017, the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights. This is the lowest number since the ASN began recording data in 1946.
The accidents took place in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, USA, Nepal, Côte d’Ivoire, Russia, Tanzania, Canada and Costa Rica. No serious accidents were recorded in European territory.
Since 1997 the average number of aircraft accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline. The president of the ASN, Harro Reuter, ascribes this to safety measures put in place by international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry in general.
This data confirms once again that flying remains the world’s safest means of transport, thanks to the application of preventive procedures and strict safety measures by the technical teams, pilots and crews, but also to a thorough work of all players within the air transport industry framework.
We hope that 2018 will be a great year for our aviation industry, too, happy new year to everyone!
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