2011 good year for aviation safety

Last year was one of the safest years in aviation history with eight major accidents involving large westernbuilt commercial airline jets, globally last year. Five of these resulted in a total of 197 fatalities, showing further improvement on what the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) notes is already an extremely high level of aviation safety.


2011 good year for aviation safety


Last year was one of the safest years in aviation history with eight major accidents involving large westernbuilt commercial airline jets, globally last year. Five of these resulted in a total of 197 fatalities, showing further improvement on what the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) notes is already an extremely high level of aviation safety.

The result reflects an average jet aircraft loss rate of one major accident for every three million flights, which is half of the average loss rate for the last five years, a significant reduction that reflects a trend of continuous improvement in aviation safety.

With only one major accident, involving a freighter aircraft, Asia Pacific airlines maintained their excellent safety record, which is fully comparable to that of the leading European and North American airlines. A review of all major accidents that have occurred worldwide in 2011, has again identified runway related incidents as important risk factors, said the AAPA, with nearly one third of accidents due to runway over-runs.

“Credit must go to all aviation industry stakeholders for their ongoing commitment and hard work in achieving this outstanding safety performance in 2011,” said Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Passengers can rest assured that air travel remains both extremely safe and highly secure.” He added, “Improved safety performance has not occurred by chance, it is the result of continuing regulatory and industry stakeholder efforts, based on common goals, to identify and address a wide range of safety risk factors.” Herdman emphasised the importance of addressing runway excursions and incursions, noting that, “AAPA fully supports ICAO initiatives to further improve runway safety, and is working with other regional aviation safety stakeholders to respond to this challenge through the sharing of data and best safety management practices.”