Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 was safe for civil aviation, says report

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Jan 4, 2011

The Aviation Safety Network, an independent organisation located in the Netherlands, has released the 2011 airliner accident statistics. Over the year 2011 the report recorded a total of 28 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 507 fatalities and 14 ground fatalities. The number of fatalities is lower than the ten-year average of 764 fatalities.

Seven out of 28 accident airplanes were operated by airlines on the E.U. “black list” as opposed to six out of 29 the year before. The E.U. added nine airlines to the “black list” and removed three airlines based on improved safety records.

The year 2011 was a very safe year for civil aviation, Aviation Safety Network data shows. 2011 marked the longest period without a fatal airliner accident in modern aviation history. This record period now stands at 80 days and counting (by January 1).

The worst accident happened on January 9, 2011 when an Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed while on approach to Orumiyeh, Iran, killing 77.

The number of accidents involving passenger flights was relatively high with nineteen accidents as compared to the ten-year average of 16 accidents.

In 2011 Africa showed a continuing decline in accidents: 14% of all fatal airliner accidents happened in Africa. Although this is still out of sync compared to the fact that the continent only accounts for approximately 3 percent of all world aircraft departures. Russia suffered a very bad year with six fatal accidents.

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