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MARCH 2024

Week 9


Asia-Pacific region’s 2023 air safety record lower than previous ranking

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March 1st 2024

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Last year was the safest 12 months ever for flying reports the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 2023 Annual Safety Report. Read More » In 2023, the all accident rate improved compared with 2022 for all regions except North America and the Asia-Pacific. The Asia-Pacific accident rate increased from 0.56 per million sectors in 2022 to 0.78 million sectors in 2023, but it still bettered the five-year average for the region of 1.06. The fatality risk rate per million sectors for Asia-Pacific airlines increased from 0.00 in 2022 to 0.16 last year following a fatal air crash in Nepal in January 2023. “Jet operations saw no hull losses or fatalities with 2023 also reporting its lowest fatality risk and ‘all accident’ rate on record,” the report said. “A single fatal turboprop accident with 72 fatalities, however, reminds us we can never take safety for granted, said IATA director general, Willie Walsh. “And two high profile accidents in the first month of 2024 show that even if flying is among the safest activities a person can do, there is always room to improve.”

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