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IATA says that the 2011 accident rate for Western-built aircraft was the lowest in history - surpassing the previous best of 2010.

The 2011 global accident rate (in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.37 - the equivalent of one accident every 2.7 million flights. This represented a 39% improvement on 2010, when the accident rate was 0.61, or one accident for every 1.6 million flights.

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

IATA's 2011 statistics include:
- 2.8 billion people flew safely on 38 million flights (30 million jet, 8 million turboprop)
- 11 hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets, compared with 17 in 2010
- 92 total accidents (all aircraft types, Eastern and Western built), down from 94 in 2010
- 5 fatal hull loss accidents involving Western-built jets, down from 8 in 2010
- 22 fatal accidents (all aircraft types), versus 23 in 2010
- 486 fatalities, compared with 786 in 2010
- Fatality rate dropped to 0.07 per million passengers from 0.21 in 2010, based on Western-built jet operations

Looking at Western-built jet hull loss rates by region:
- Asia-Pacific (0.25), Europe (0.0), North America (0.10) and North Asia (0.0) performed better than the global average of 0.37
- Asia-Pacific, Europe and North Asia recorded improvements compared to their performance in 2010, while North America stayed the same
- The Commonwealth of Independent States (1.06) was higher than the global average and also higher than last year (0.0)
- Latin America and the Caribbean performed better than 2010 (1.28 in 2011 vs.1.87 in 2010), but was still almost 3.5 times worse than the global average
- The rate for the Middle East and North Africa region worsened to 2.02 from 0.72 in 2010
- The rate for Africa improved by 56% to 3.27 from 7.41 in 2010, but still was the worst performing region in the industry

See the full report at the IATA link below.

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