There were six losses of commercial aircraft in the first three months of 2015, the equivalent of one accident per 2.6 million flights.
The global accident rate of 0.38 was lower than the average accident rate of the previous five years (0.45), but up on 2014’s accident rate of 0.23, which was the lowest in history.
In releasing IATA’s preliminary data on safety, CEO Tony Tyler said: “The safety performance over one quarter is insufficient to come to any conclusions.
However, as the data fits within the five-year trend of improvement it reassures us that the industry strategy is driving us in the right direction.” He went on to touch upon the most high-profile of the accidents, the downing of 4U9525.
“The recent Germanwings tragedy has reinforced that aviation has no immunity to mental health issues,” he said.
Following the accident EASA recommended that European carriers change procedures to ensure that two members of crew are in the cockpit at all times.
In the US, the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee is studying pilot emotional and mental health issues as a result of the crash.