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16-Feb-2016 7:01 AM

IATA: No fatal accident hull losses in 2015, accidents down 30% compared to five-year average

IATA released (15-Feb-2016) data for the 2015 safety performance of the commercial airline industry:

  • Global jet accident rate (hull losses per million flights) of 0.32, or one major accident per 3.1 million flights. This is a 30% improvement compared to the previous five-year rate (2010-2014) of 0.46 hull loss accidents per million jet flights, but not as good as the rate of 0.27 achieved in 2014;
  • Four fatal accidents resulting in 136 passenger fatalities. All accidents involved turboprop aircraft. This compares with an average of 17.6 fatal accidents and 504 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2010-2014);
  • The 2015 jet hull loss rate for IATA members of 0.22 (one accident for every 4.5 million flights). This outperformed the global rate by 31% and was in line with the five-year rate (2010-2014) of 0.21 per million flights. It was above the 0.12 hull loss rate achieved in 2014;
  • Excluded from the 2015 accident statistics are the loss of Germanwings flight 9525 (pilot suicide) and Metrojet flight 9268 (suspected terrorism) that resulted in the deaths of 374 passengers and crew are tragedies that occurred in 2015. These are excluded as they are classified as deliberate acts of unlawful interference.

2015 summary statistics:

  • 3.5 billion passengers on 37.6 million flights (31.4 million by jet, 6.2 million by turboprop);
  • 68 accidents (all aircraft types), down from 77 in 2014 and the five-year average of 90 per year;
  • Four fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 12 in 2014 and the five-year average of 17.6;
  • 6% of all accidents were fatal, below the five-year average of 19.6%;
  • 10 hull loss accidents involving jets compared to 8 in 2014 and the five-year average of 13 per year;
  • Zero jet hull loss accidents involving passenger fatalities, down from three in 2014, and the five-year average of 6.4 per year;
  • Eight hull loss accidents involving turboprops of which four were fatal. [more - original PR]

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