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Airlines records 2023 safest year for air travel

Boom RadioNG | February 28, 2024

A global aviation industry group, International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) has disclosed that the year 2023 was the safest ever for commercial air travel, despite a massive rebound in passenger flights.

This was disclosed in the association’s annual report stating that the only fatal accident of a passenger plane was the crash of an ATR turboprop operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines during a domestic flight, killing 72 people.

The IATA said it counted another 29 accidents in 2023 that did not involve fatalities or loss of the plane. The IATA said “2023 saw the lowest fatality risk and ‘all accident’ rate on record” and the low crash rate came despite the number of flights last year rising 17 percent to 37.7 million.

 

This is in comparison to 2022, where there was a total of 42 accidents, of which five were fatal and took 158 lives.

The IATA represents some 320 airlines comprising 83 percent of global air traffic.

The IATA counts a non-fatal accident as an event that causes damage of at least $1 million or equal to 10 percent of the plane’s value, however, IATA statistics do not cover business, military, private, maintenance or training flights.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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