The International Air Transport Association
(IATA) says the total number of fatalities from aviation accidents dropped from 692 in 2007 to 502 in 2008, resulting in a 56 per cent improvement in the fatality rate from 0.23 fatalities per million passengers to 0.13 per million. The global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft) stood at 0.81, equal to one accident for every 1.2 million flights. This is slightly down on 2007, when the accident rate was 0.75, equal to one accident for every 1.3 million flights. Physically, there were 109 accidents in 2008 compared to 100 in 2007. The number of fatal accidents increased from 20 in 2007 to 23 in 2008. There were significant regional differences in the accident rate. North Asia had a perfect record of zero hull losses in 2008, while Africa was 2.6 times worse than the world average (2.12) but significantly better than its results in previous years and Latin America and the Caribbean had a hull loss rate of 2.55 (3.1 times worse than the global average). Middle East and North Africa saw its accident rate worsen to 1.89 in 2008,with two accidents involving carriers from the region.