Year had best safety record in aviation history: study
The start of 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation – plus the achievement of the best safety record in aviation history, a new study says.
Worldwide, fatal accidents involving large commercial aircraft were lower in 2013 than in any other year in the last decade, with 17 accidents compared with a yearly average of 27, the European Aviation Safety Agency reports. The EASA is described as “the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety”.
In line with this reduction in the number of fatal accidents, there has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities worldwide; in 2013 there were 224 fatalities, compared with a yearly average of 703 between 2003 and 2012.
There were no fatal accidents involving large commercial aircraft in the 32 EASA member states in 2013. In the same year, airline operators in these member states performed around 6 million commercial flights, transporting over 800 million passengers.
“Europe continues to have one of the strongest safety records in the world,” Patrick Ky, executive director of the EASA, commented. “However, this positive picture cannot be taken for granted. As traffic over European skies and worldwide increases, we need to continue our efforts to maintain and even improve aviation safety.”
[pictured: Graph showing the cumulative number of fatal accidents per month worldwide in commercial air transport, comparing 2013 with 2012, and with the average for 2003-2012; courtesy EASA]