Air travel still “extraordinarily safe” – IATA

Global aviation had a safe year, with some exceptions
There were fewer air crashes and fewer fatalities in 2015 compared to the previous year, a new report says, placing it well below the five-year average. Or so it seems.
The year saw 68 accidents occur, compared to 77 in 2014 and an annual average of 90 over the last five years, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest annual report on aviation safety.
Of the accidents that took place in 2015, four were fatal, compared to 12 a year earlier. The accidents killed 136 people, down from 641 in 2014 and a five-year average of 504.
“In terms of the number of fatal accidents, it was an extraordinarily safe year,” Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general, said in a statement released just before the Singapore Airshow, Asia’s biggest aviation trade fair.
However, the losses of planes operated by Germanwings and Metrojet were excluded from IATA’s accident statistics, as they were deliberate acts of unlawful interference. If these are included, the total number of deaths rises to 510.
More information on IATA’s 2015 safety performance, including regional variations and turboprop loss rates, can be seen here.