• Flight safety at its best during 2010

    2011-02-24

    The global accident rate decreased during 2010, making it the safest year to fly in aviation history. There was only one accident for every 1.6 million flights operated in Western-built planes. In 2009, there was one accident for every 1.4 million flights, according to the International Air Transportation Association.

    Last year's global accident rate equaled to 0.61, down from 2009's rate of 0.71. In 2006 the rate was a 0.65, reported the IATA, which represents about 230 airlines responsible for 93 percent of international flights

    The organization claims that in 2010, 2.4 billion individuals flew on 36.8 million accident free flights. However, there were 94 accidents for both Western and Eastern-built jets, which resulted in 23 deaths. This was a small increase from 2009.

    "Our target is zero," Giovanni Bisignani, the IATA director-general, said in a statement. "Every fatality is a human tragedy that reminds us that we must do more, and we are working together with regulators, with civil aviation, with manufacturers." 

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