2023 is the safest year to fly – Iata
04.03.2024 Africa   18
2023 is the safest year to fly – Iata

IATA has published its 2023 Annual Global Aviation Safety Report, which showed last year's "best ever" results across several measures.

"There were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft. However, there was one fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft, resulting in 72 fatalities. There were 37 million aircraft (jet and turboprop) flights in 2023, up 17% from the previous year,” Iata said in a press release.

Highlights from the report include: yourself:

The overall accident rate was 0.80 per million sectors in 2023 (one accident for every 1.26 million flights), an improvement from 1.30 in 2022 and the lowest level in more than a decade. This rate exceeded the five-year (2019-2023) rolling average of 1.19 (an average of one accident for every 880,293 flights).

The risk of mortality increased to 0.03 in 2023 from 0.11 in 2022 and 0.11 over five years, 2019-2023. At this level of safety, on average, a person would have to travel by air every day for 103,239 years to be involved in a fatal accident.

At IATA member airlines and airlines registered in According to the IATA operational safety audit, there were no fatal accidents in 2023.

The only fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft occurred in 2023, killing 72 people. This is down from five fatalities in 2022 and an improvement on the five-year (2019-2023) average of five.

“Safety performance in 2023 continues to demonstrate that flying is the safest mode of transport. Aviation prioritizes safety and this is evident in the 2023 figures,” said Willie Walsh, CEO of Iata.

“However, one fatal turboprop accident in which 72 were killed human being, reminds us that we can never take safety for granted. And two high-profile crashes in the first month of 2024 show that even though flying is one of the safest activities a person can engage in, there is always room for improvement. This is what we have done throughout our history. And we will continue to make flying even safer."


In Africa, the overall accident rate increased from 10.88 per million sectors in 2022 to 6.38 in 2023, which is better than the five-year average (7.11).

There were no deaths in 2023. According to Iata, since 2020 there have been no jet airframe failures or fatal accidents in the region.

Additionally, 2023 marks the fifth time Africa has recorded zero fatal accidents. turboprop engines, with the first incident reported in 2015.

As part of its Focus Africa initiative to improve aviation safety in Africa, IATA also introduced the Joint Aviation Safety Improvement Program last year.

Source: travelnews.co.za

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