There was a reduction in the number of fatal accidents and the fatality risk recorded in the global aviation sector last year, compared to 2021, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest report.
The IATA 2022 Safety Report showed that there were five fatal accidents involving loss of life to passengers and crew last year, compared to seven in 2021 and an improvement on the five-year average.
The fatal accident rate improved to 0.16 per million sectors for 2022, from 0.27 per million sectors in 2021, and also was ahead of the five-year fatal accident rate of 0.20.
The all accident rate was 1.21 per million sectors, a reduction compared to the rate of 1.26 accidents for the five years 2018-2022, but an increase compared to 1.13 accidents per million sectors in 2021.
The report stated further that the fatality risk declined to 0.11 from 0.23 in 2021 and 0.13 for the five years, 2018-2022.
IATA member airlines experienced one fatal accident in 2022, with 19 fatalities.
IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, said, “Accidents are rare in aviation. There were five fatal accidents on 32.2 million flights in 2022. That tells us that flying is among the safest activities in which a person can engage. But even though the risk of flying is exceptionally low, it is not risk-free. Careful analysis of the trends that are emerging even at these very high levels of safety is what will make flying even safer. This year’s report, for example, tells us that we need to make some special efforts on turboprop operations in Africa and Latin America. Safety is aviation’s highest priority, and our goal is to have every flight take off and land safely regardless of region or aircraft type.”
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