2009 aviation 2nd-safest year in history

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the aviation safety performance for 2009 showing that the year’s accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft as the second lowest in aviation history. The 2009 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights) was 0.71. That is equal to one accident for every 1.4 million flights. […]


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the aviation safety performance for 2009 showing that the year’s accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft as the second lowest in aviation history. The 2009 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights) was 0.71. That is equal to one accident for every 1.4 million flights. This is a significant improvement of the 0.81 rate recorded in 2008 (one accident for 1.2 million flights), IATA said.

The 2009 rate was the second lowest in aviation history, just above the 2006 rate of 0.65. Compared to 10 years ago, the accident rate has been cut 36 per cent from the rate recorded in 2000.

In absolute numbers, 2009 saw 19 accidents involving western built jet aircraft compared to 22 in 2008 and 90 accidents (including all aircraft types, Eastern and Western built) compared to 109 in 2008; 18 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) compared to 23 in 2008; 685 fatalities compared to 502 in 2008.

“Safety is the industry’s number one priority,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO. “Even in a decade during which airlines lost an averageof US$5 billion per year, we still managed to improve our safety record. Last year,2.3 billion people flew safely. But everyfatality is a human tragedy that remindsus of the ultimate goal of zero accidentsand zero fatalities,”