For the global aviation industry, 2015 was “an extraordinarily safe year” because the number of air accidents and resulting fatalities was well below the five-year average.
A total of 68 air accidents were recorded last year, compared with 77 in 2014 and an annual average of 90 over the last five years, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its latest annual report on aviation safety.
Of last year’s accidents, four were fatal, versus 12 in 2014, Reuters said, citing the IATA report.
“In terms of the number of fatal accidents, it was an extraordinarily safe year,” IAA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said in a statement released on the eve of this week’s Singapore Airshow, Asia’s biggest aviation trade fair.
The accidents covered by the report killed 136 people, down from 641 in 2014 and a five-year average of 504, according to IATA.
If the losses of aircraft in incidents involving planes operated by German low-cost carrier Germanwings, a unit of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and Russia’s Metrojet last year are included, the total number of deaths rose to 510, the association said.
But the Germanwings and Metrojet incidents were excluded from IATA’s accident statistics because they were classified as deliberate acts of unlawful interference.
A pilot of the Germanwings aircraft deliberately crashed the plane in the French Alps, while the Metrojet flight was suspected to have been brought down over the Sinai peninsula by a bomb smuggled on board.
“While there are no easy solutions to the mental health and security issues that were exposed in these tragedies, aviation continues to work to minimize the risk that such events will happen again,” Tyler said.
IATA said the 2015 global jet accident rate, measured in hull losses per 1 million flights, was 0.32, compared with 0.27 in 2014 and 0.46 in the previous five years.
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