Air accident fatalities up in 2016

But fatalities showing long-term decline, IATA stresses
Air accident fatalities are showing a long-term decline, the International Air Transport Association stresses in its annual Airline Safety Performance review – despite that fact that the number of deaths rose in 2016.
A total of 268 people died in 65 air accidents last year, up from 136 in 68 accidents in 2015. Ten accidents included fatalities in 2016, as opposed to just four in 2015.
But the fatality figure is still much lower than the five-year average (2011-15) of 371 per year.
“The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined versus the five-year average,” IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said, while “we did take a step back on some key parameters from the exceptional performance of 2015.”
The major jet accident rate, measured in hull losses per one million flights, was 0.39 in 2016, or the equivalent of one major accident for every 2.56 million flights, IATA says in the report. That is a slight deterioration from 0.32 in 2015 but is above the five-year rate of 0.36.
The number of jet hull losses increased from 10 to 13, putting the five-year average of 10.6. Turboprop hull losses of eight matched the previous year’s total, but greatly improved from the five-year average of 19.6.
Regionally, sub-Saharan Africa had its best performance of the last decade, with no jet hull losses and no passenger fatalities.


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