Friday, 2 May 2014

Aviation safety: Statistics and developments

2013 is one of the safest years in aviation, according to IATA and ICAO statistics. However, challenges remain in runway excursions, Loss Of Control in Flight (LOC-I) and Control Flight into Terrain (CFIT). Meanwhile, EASA and IATA have signed an agreement on safety information sharing.

According to ICAO’s press release, the global accident rate came in at 2.8 per million departures versus 3.2 per million in 2012, representing a 13% decrease compared to 2012. The number of fatal accidents involving scheduled commercial operations remained steady at nine during 2013, while total fatalities decreased by 55% compared to 2012 (173 against 388 respectively). Click here for ICAO’s 2014 safety report and here for IATA’s safety fact sheet.

Concerning the safety of flights in the EU, IATA and EASA have signed an agreement on sharing of safety information and analysis of safety trends. The agreement, which is based on data derived from EASA’s Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) program and the IATA Operation Safety Audit (IOSA), is expected to improve, among others, the Third Country Operators (TCO) assessments and authorization requirements of the European Union. For more information, see IATA’s and EASA’s press releases.

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