2013 safest year for commercial aviation

Last year was the safest year on record in terms of commercial airline jet fatalities, according to the International Civil Av i ation Orga n i s at i o n (ICAO).


2013 safest year for commercial aviation


Last year was the safest year on record in terms of commercial airline jet fatalities, according to the International Civil Av i ation Orga n i s at i o n (ICAO). The low number of fatalities can be attributed to regulatory and industry efforts to continuously improve safety performance by the introduction of enhanced technology, new designs and strict certification standards to aircraft over the years, said the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). This has both reduced the number of accidents and increased passenger survivability, enhanced by further improvements to cabin safety.

Worldwide, for the year 2013 as a whole, there were seven major accidents involving large westernbuilt commercial airline jets, which resulted in a total of 115 fatalities. This represented a loss rate of one major accident for every four million flights.

Asia Pacific carriers experienced three major accidents involving large western-built commercial airline jets, which resulted in a total of 24 fatalities. Turboprop operations also maintained their good safety record, but remain in focus as they continue to experience somewhat higher accident rates compared to larger jet aircraft operations. Many of these commercial turboprop operations are carried out in more challenging environments and conditions, which can be considered a contributory factor.