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‘2012 best in history of safety improvements by airlines’

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), air transport body for global airlines, has said that the 2012 global accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in aviation history.

The 2012 global Western-built jet accident rate measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets was 0.20 percent, the equivalent of one accident in every five million flights.

According to figures released by IATA, this rep

resented a 46 percent improvement over 2011, when the accident rate was 0.37 percent, or one accident for every 2.7 million flights.

But Africa still remains poorest among other continents, in terms of safety improvements as its safety performance declined in 2012 compared to 2011 from 3.27 percent to 3.71 percent.

“Africa is a continent divided on performance. Airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry are performing at or above industry average rates.”

 

SADE WILLIAMS