The impressive safety record of the airline industry means a person would need to take a flight every day for 25,214 years to experience a 100% fatal accident, according to IATA’s latest assessment.
Its 2022 Safety Report for global aviation showed a reduction in the number of fatal accidents and the fatality risk, compared to 2021 and to the five year average (2018-2022).
However the report shows that turboprop operations continue to have an inferior safety record compared with their jet counterparts.
Across all aviation sectors, there were five fatal accidents involving loss of life to passengers and crew. This is reduced from seven in 2021 and an improvement on the five year average, which was also seven.
“Accidents are rare in aviation,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
“There were five fatal accidents among 32.2 million flights in 2022. That tells us that flying is among the safest activities in which a person can engage.
“But even though the risk of flying is exceptionally low, it is not risk-free. Careful analysis of the trends that are emerging even at these very high levels of safety is what will make flying even safer.
“This year’s report, for example, tells us that we need to make some special efforts on turboprop operations in Africa and Latin America.
“Safety is aviation’s highest priority, and our goal is to have every flight take off and land safely regardless of region or aircraft type.”
The industry 2022 fatality risk of 0.11 means that on average, a person would need to take a flight every day for 25,214 years to experience a 100% fatal accident. This is an improvement over the five-year fatality rate (average of 22,116 years).
Despite the reduction in the number of fatal accidents, the number of fatalities rose from 121 in 2021 to 158 in 2022. The majority of fatalities in 2022 occurred in a single aircraft accident in China that claimed the lives of 132 persons. The airline involved was not an IATA member. The next largest loss of life occurred in an accident to an IATA member in Tanzania that resulted in 19 fatalities.
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