Global Fatalities Down 13 Per Cent, Says ICAO

The global accident rate has fallen by 13 per cent, according to an annual safety report released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The accident rate was 2.8 per million departures versus 3.2 per million in 2012. The number of fatal accidents involving scheduled commercial operations stayed at nine, but fatalities fell from 388 in 2012 to 173 in 2013, down 55 per cent. Using 2010 as a baseline, fatalities were down 72 per cent. “The aviation community is always grateful to see its commitment to safety rewarded with improved year-on-year results,” remarked ICAO’s secretary general, Raymond Benjamin, “but as recent events in Malaysia remind us, even one fatal aircraft accident is too many as far as we are concerned.”

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