Global aviation safety improved during 2017, IATA claims

The International Aviation Transport Authority (IATA) released latest figures from 2017, which showed that last year, global aviation safety improved dramatically.

According to IATA, in 2017, there were six fatal accidents with 19 fatalities among passengers and crew in 2017, compared with an average of 10.8 fatal accidents and approximately 315 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and chief executive said in the report, “2017 was a very good year for aviation safety. Some 4.1 billion travellers flew safely on 41.8 million flights. We saw improvements in nearly all key metrics – globally and in most regions.”

However, Juniac pointed out that the industry was still determined to make air travel even safer.

He added, “In 2017 there were incidents and accidents that we will learn from through the investigation process, just as we will learn from the recent tragedies in Russia and Iran.”

Juniac said, “Complementing that knowledge are insights we can gain from the millions of flights that operate safety. Data from these operations is powering the development of predictive analytics that will eventually enable us to eliminate the conditions that can lead to accidents. The industry knows that every fatality is a tragedy. Our common goal is for every flight to take off and land safely.” (EIN)