Asia-Pacific air safety performance in 2015 advances –study

February 15, 2016 11:18 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Feb. 15 (PNA) — The past year was seen a good year for aviation safety performance in Asia Pacific, data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed Monday.

IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler in a statement said that it was an ‘extraordinarily safe year’ in terms of the number of fatal accidents as long-term trend data showed that flying is ‘getting even safer.’

According to data released by IATA, Asia-Pacific airlines recorded a loss rate of just 0.21 jet aircraft for every one million flights in 2015, down from 0.56 in 2014.

This is a significant improvement than the global average of 0.32 jet aircraft losses.

Asia-Pacific also lost 2.07 turboprop aircraft per one million flights or a drop from 2.36 in the previous year. However, this is still higher than the global average of 1.29 turboprop hull losses.

A hull loss is an accident in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired for whatever reason including a financial decision of the owner.

On the other hand, North Asia had the worst performance (25.19 compared to 5.90), reflecting two regional hull losses—one being fatal.

The statistical relevance of a small number of accidents was magnified owing to the relatively few turboprop operations in North Asia.

IATA, the trade association of the world’s airlines, represents nearly 260 airlines comprising 83 percent of global air traffic.

Accident data was gathered using multiple sources and validated and classified by the Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF), which is comprised of industry safety experts and managed by IATA. (PNA)



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