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Western-built jets safer than ever

Western-built jets safer than ever
1 Mar 2013

Last year, the global accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in history, with the equivalent of one hull loss per 5m flights.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), there were just six hull-loss accidents involving Western-built jets in 2012, compared to 11 in 2011, while airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit Registry experienced no such incidents.

Regionally, there were several areas that saw no accidents in 2012, including North America and North Asia. Europe also came in under the industry average, with a hull-loss rate of 0.15 per million flights.

Overall, the fatality rate for flying on Western-built jets is 0.08 per million passengers.

'Each day, approximately 100,000 flights arrive safely at their destination,' commented Tony Tyler, IATA director-general and chief executive.

'Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers and safety regulators work together to ensure every flight is as safe as possible. Their dedication and cooperation has made air travel remarkably safe.'

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