2012 was safest year in the air
The number of fatal air accidents in 2012 and the resultant numbers killed fell sharply from those of 2011.
The fatal accident rate of one per 2.5 million flights made 2012 the safest year on record - almost twice as safe as 2011, according to analysts Ascend.
The published figures show that there were 15 civil airline crashes involving deaths in 2012, compared with 25 last year. The number of people killed in fatal accidents in 2012 was 362 compared with 403 last year (but these figures do not include a Red Wings fatal accident on 29 December that killed 5).
Nearly three-quarters of the deaths came in 2 incidents in 2012:
- 127 people were killed when a Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashed near Islamabad airport, Pakistan on 20 April
- 153 people, plus 10 on the ground, died when a DANA Air aircraft crashed on approach to Lagos airport, Nigeria on 6 June
Ascend states that the passenger death rate for the last 5 years has been about one per 6.1 million passengers carried - but in the period 2000-09 the rate was one per 3.7 million and for the 1990s it was one per 1.8 million.
And insurance claims for loss of airliners in 2012 are around $980 (~£600, €740) million - the lowest level since 1991.
Ascend's Head of Safety comments:
'2012 does not represent a new norm for the world airlines. Nonetheless, airline fatal accident rates have been steadily improving and on average, operations are now twice as safe as they were 15 years ago. About 335 fewer passengers and crew were killed each year in the last decade than during the 1990s.'
Details from The Telegraph below . .