Aviation safety performance for 2013 better than average

IATA has released the safety performance numbers for last year, showing that there were 210 fatalities from commercial aviation accidents in 2013, reduced from 414 in 2012.

The 2013 global Western-built jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.41, the equivalent of one accident for every 2.4 million flights.

This was a step back from 2012 when the global Western-built jet accident rate stood at 0.21, the lowest in aviation history.

More than three billion people flew safely on 36.4 million flights (29.5 million by jet, 6.9 million by turboprop) last year.

There were 81 accidents (all aircraft types, Eastern and Western built), up from 75 in 2012, but below the five-year average of 86 per year.

There were 16 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 15 in 2012 and the five-year average of 19.

Twenty per cent of all accidents were fatal, unchanged from 2012 and below the five-year average of 22 per cent.

There were 12 hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets compared to six in 2012 and the five-year average of 13

There were six fatal hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets, up from three in 2012, unchanged from the five-year average

And there were 210 fatalities compared to 414 in 2012 and the five-year average of 517.

Pretty good numbers all round, given those 36 million-plus flights.

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