The 2012 global accident rate for Western-built jets, measured in hull losses per million flights, was the lowest in aviation history at 0.20, the equivalent of one accident every five million flights, stated International Air Transport Association (IATA). This represented a 46 per cent improvement over 2011, when the accident rate was 0.37, or one accident for every 2.7 million flights. IATA’s over 240 member airlines recorded no Western-built jet hull losses last year.
“Each day, approximately 100,000 flights arrive safely at their destination. Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers and safety regulators work together to ensure every flight is as safe as possible. Their dedication and cooperation has made air travel remarkably safe. Nevertheless, there is still work to do. Every accident is one too many and each fatality is a human tragedy,” said Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA.