22-Feb-2019 11:39 AM

IATA: Sub-Saharan African carriers experience third straight year without jet hull loss

IATA reported (21-Feb-2019) airlines in sub-Saharan Africa experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in jet operations for a third consecutive year in 2018. The all accident rate was 2.71 major accidents per one million flights, a significant improvement over the average rate of 6.80 for the previous five years. Africa was the only region to see a decline in the all-accident rate compared to 2017. However, the region experienced two fatal turboprop accidents in 2018, neither of which involved a scheduled passenger flight. IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called on African governments must accelerate the implementation of ICAO's safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS). Mr de Juniac also noted that the performance of African airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry was more than twice as good as non-IOSA airlines in the region. [more - original PR]

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