2015 was a safe year for air­lines, IATA says

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

PARIS: Last year was one of the safest for air­lines with the num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents fall­ing by two thirds -- if you ex­cluded more than 300 deaths re­sult­ing from a pi­lot sui­cide and pos­si­ble ter­ror at­tack. There were four fa­tal ac­ci­dents, all in­volv­ing tur­bo­prop air­craft, in 2015, down from 12 a year ear­lier, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion said Mon­day. Th­ese killed 136 peo­ple. The 374 dead pas­sen­gers and crew from the crash of Ger­man­wings 9525 by a sui­ci­dal pi­lot and Metro­jet 9268 on sus­pected ter­ror­ism have been ex­cluded be­cause they are clas­si­fied as de­lib­er­ate acts of un­law­ful in­ter­fer­ence, the group said.

Fly­ing is get­ting safer, and the in­dus­try is work­ing to min­i­mize the risk of de­lib­er­ate acts from men­tal health and se­cu­rity is­sues rec­cur­ring, IATA said in a state­ment is­sued be­fore the Sin­ga­pore Air­show. All re­gions ex­cept North Amer­ica saw their safety per­for­mance im­prove in 2015 over the five-year pe­riod of 2010 to 2014, the group said. "In terms of the num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents, it was an ex­traor­di­nar­ily safe year," Tony Tyler, IATA's chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, said in the state­ment. "We were all shocked and hor­ri­fied by two de­lib­er­ate acts" but the in­dus­try "con­tin­ues to work to min­i­mize the risk that such events will hap­pen again," he said. Other key points from IATA data: There was one ma­jor ac­ci­dent for ev­ery 3.1 mil­lion flights last year, or a rate of 0.32. The rate, mea­sured in hull losses per 1 mil­lion flights, was worse than the 0.27 in 2014 and an im­prove­ment from 0.46 in the five-year pe­riod of 2010 to 2014. The 136 fa­tal­i­ties com­pare with 641 in 2014 and the five-year av­er­age of 504. In­clud­ing the Ger­man­wings and Metro­jet tragedies, the death toll was 510 last year. Six per­cent of all ac­ci­dents were fa­tal, below the five-year av­er­age of 19.6%.

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