IATA releases 2016 airline safety efficiency

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The International Air Transport Organization (IATA) released data for the 2016 safety performance of the commercial flight industry.

• The particular all accident rate (measured within accidents per 1 million flights) was 1 . 61, an improvement through 1 . 79 in 2015.

• The 2016 main jet accident rate (measured within hull losses per 1 mil flights) was 0. 39, that was the equivalent of one major accident for each 2 . 56 million flights. It was not as good as the rate associated with 0. 32 achieved in 2015 and was also above the five-year rate (2011-2015) of 0. thirty six.

• There were ten fatal accidents with 268 deaths. This compares with an average associated with 13. 4 fatal accidents plus 371 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2011-2015).

• The 2016 jet hull reduction rate for IATA member air carriers was 0. 35 (one incident for every 2 . 86 million flights). While this outperformed the global hull reduction rate, it was a step back through the 0. 22 accidents per mil flights achieved by IATA members within 2015.

“ A year ago some 3. 8 billion tourists flew safely on 40. four million flights. The number of total incidents, fatal accidents and fatalities just about all declined versus the five-year average, displaying that aviation continues to become more secure. We did take a step back upon some key parameters from the excellent performance of 2015; however , traveling is still the safest form of long-distance travel. And safety remains the very best priority of all involved in aviation. The particular goal is for every flight in order to depart and arrive without event. And every accident redoubles our initiatives to achieve that, ” said Alexandre sobre Juniac, IATA’ s Director Common and CEO.

2016 Safety Performance:

2016 2015 5-year average (2011-2015)

Fatalities¡ 268 136 371
Total Accidents 65 681
Fatal Accidents ten 4 13. 4
Deadly Accidents Passenger Flights 4 two 8. 4
Fatal Incidents Cargo Flights 6 2 four. 6
% of incidents involving fatalities 15% 6% 16%
Jet hull losses thirteen 10. 6
Plane hull losses with fatalities five 0 5. 5
Turboprop hull losses 8 nineteen. 6
Turboprop hull deficits with fatalities 5 4 nine. 2

Results were combined across regions in terms of comparing the particular 2016 safety performance to the five-year rate (2011-2015) as follows:
Plane hull loss rates by area of operator (per millions departures)

Region 2016 2011-2015

Africa 0. 00 2 . 50
Asia Pacific cycles 0. 38 0. 42
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 0. 00 2 . 28
Europe 0. 27 0. twelve
Latin America/Caribbean 0. seventy nine 0. 63
Middle East/North Africa 2 . 49 0. seventy two
North America 0. 31 zero. 17
North Asia zero. 00 0. 00

The world turboprop hull loss price improved to 1. 15 hull loss per million flights in 2016 compared to 1 . 18 in 2015 and the five-year rate (2011-2015) associated with 2 . 84. All regions other than the CIS saw their turboprop safety performance improve in 2016 when compared to their respective five-year prices:

Turboprop hull reduction rates by region of owner (per million departures)

Region 2016 2011-2015

Africa 1 . 56 10. fifty-one
Asia Pacific 1 . 88 1 . 98
CIS ten. 03 9. 23
European countries 0. 00 1 . 37
Latin America/Caribbean 0. 00 3 or more. 49
Middle East/North The african continent 0. 00 6. 56
North America 0. 50 1 . goal
North Asia 0. 00 5. 91

Solid Progress in Africa

In 2016, Sub-Saharan Africa experienced its best performance within the last 10 years, with zero passenger fatalities plus zero jet hull losses. The particular all accident rate was second . 30 per one million take-offs, compared to 9. 73 for the earlier five years. The continent furthermore saw continuing improvement in turboprop safety, with a turboprop hull reduction rate of 1. 56 (85% less than its 2011-2015 yearly average). There was clearly one non-fatal turboprop hull reduction.

“ Sub-Saharan air carriers delivered a very strong performance within 2016. But we must not relax on this success. Safety is gained every day. The lesson in Africa’ s improvement is that global requirements like the IATA Operational Safety Review (IOSA) make a difference. African nations ought to maintain this strong momentum by causing IOSA and the IATA Standard Protection Assessment (for those carriers which are not eligible for IOSA) a part of their own airline certification process. Regional government authorities also need to accelerate the implementation associated with ICAO’ s safety-related standards plus recommended practices (SARPS). As of year-end 2016, only 22 African nations had at least 60% SARPS execution, ” said de Juniac.

The 33 sub-Saharan air carriers on the IOSA registry performed almost twice as well as non-IOSA air carriers in 2016 in terms of all incidents and performed 7. 5 situations better than non-IOSA operators in the 2012-2016 period.


In 2016, the incident rate for IOSA members has been nearly twice as good as for non-IOSA airlines (1. 25 vs . second . 36) and it was more than 3 times better over the previous five many years. IOSA has created a standard that is equivalent on a world-wide basis, enabling plus maximizing joint use of audit reviews. All IATA members are required to sustain their IOSA Registration. There are presently 413 Airlines on the Registry which 144 are non-IATA Members: It is really an additional testament to IOSA and its part. In 2017, IOSA will be heightened and transformed into a digital program.

Addressing the Primary Causes of Mishaps

As stakeholders function to address the issues discussed above, it is necessary that the industry dedicates resources in order to areas that data show may have the biggest impact in reducing the potential risks of an accident. In 2016, initiatives continued to reduce operational risk, with all the focus on loss of control in flight (LOC-I), controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and runway excursions (RE).

Six-Point Safety Strategy

IATA’ s Six Stage Safety Strategy is a comprehensive data-driven approach to identify organizational, operational plus emerging safety issues:

• Reducing operational risk like LOC-I, CFIT and RE
• Enhancing quality and conformity through audit programs
• Advocating for improved aviation facilities such as implementation of performance-based routing approaches
• Supporting constant implementation of Safety Management Techniques
• Supporting effective recruitment and training to enhance quality plus compliance through programs such as the IATA Training Qualification and Initiative
• Identifying and addressing growing safety issues, such as lithium electric batteries and integrating remotely-piloted aircraft techniques (RPAS) into airspace.


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