According to the International Air Transport Association’s 2017 Airline Safety Performance, the global commercial airline industry has shown substantial improvements towards safety performance. IATA’s report noted all accident rate that is measured in accidents per one million flights, was reduced to 1.08 over 2017 from the 1.68 recorded in 2016. The rate reached a high of 2.01 over the period of 2016 - 2016.
In terms of major jet accidents, which are measured in jet hull losses per one million flights, the rate was 0.11, equating to a single major accident for every 8.7 million flights. The figure was a significant improvement over the rate of 0.39 reported back in 2016. It was also better than the five-year rate of 0.33 that covered 2012 to 2016.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: "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. And our determination to make this very safe industry even safer continues.
“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. 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.”
IATA’s report also noted that over 2017, there were six fatal accidents reported, resulting in 19 fatalities among passengers and crew. Five of the accidents involved a turboprop aircraft and one involved a cargo jet. None involved a passenger jet. In 2016, there were nine fatal accidents reported, which resulted in 202 fatalities.
None of IATA member airlines experienced fatal accidents or hull losses in 2017.