Last year’s major jet accident rate was 0.11, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)—a group representing airlines that operate 83% of global air traffic. The decimal translates to a one in 8.7 million chance of experiencing a major accident, an improvement over the 2016 rate of 0.39 and the previous five-year rate of 0.33.
The overall fatality rate was 0.09, meaning an individual could take one flight every day for 6,033 years before experiencing an accident with at least one fatality.
Passenger jets experienced zero fatal accidents in 2017. Even more impressive, IATA member airlines recorded zero fatal accidents and no jet or turboprop hull losses.
“2017 was a very good year for aviation safety. Some 4.1 billion travelers flew safely on 41.8 million flights. We saw improvements in nearly all key metrics—globally and in most regions,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.
The report drives other safety initiatives, such as the organization’s Six-Point Safety Strategy, a comprehensive road map to identify current and emerging safety issues. For maintenance, the priorities are centered around training and licensing, data management, and safety management systems.