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Just how safe was flying in 2019?

Air travel flew to new heights in terms of safety last year, a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shown.

In its 2019 Airline Safety Report, IATA revealed that air travel safety saw continuing advancements when compared to 2018 and the previous five years. 



According to the recently released data, all major 2019 safety performance indicators were up over the average of the 2014-2018 period. 


Among these improvements was a fall in the accident rate, which saw 1.13 or 1 accident for every 884,000 flights flown. 


The five-year average for the same measure was 1.56 accidents per 640,000 flights. In 2019, there were 53 total accidents and a jet hull loss rate of 0.15, compared to 63.2 accidents and a hull loss rate of 0.24 between 2014 and 2018.    



“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is aviation’s highest priority,” IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.


“The release of the 2019 Safety Report is a reminder that even as aviation faces its deepest crisis, we are committed to making aviation even safer. 


“Based on the 2019 fatality risk, on average, a passenger could take a flight every day for 535 years before experiencing an accident with one fatality on board.” 


On top of this, IATA also revealed that a person would have to travel every day for 29,586 years to experience a 100% fatal accident.


“But we know that one accident is one too many,” Mr de Juniac said.


“Every fatality is a tragedy and it is vital that we learn the correct lessons to make aviation even safer.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 April 2020

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