Airlines report lowest ever crash rate in 2010

AFP, Wednesday 23 Feb 2011

Report shows 23 fatal aviation accidents worldwide last year

Airlines had the lowest crash rate in history in 2010, with one accident for every 1.6 million flights made by Western-built jets, said the International Air Transport Association on Wednesday.

"Safety is the number one priority," said Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO of the body which represents some 230 airlines comprising 93 per cent of scheduled international air traffic.

"Achieving the lowest accident rate in the history of aviation shows that this commitment is bearing results. Flying is safe."

For all airplane types, there were 94 aviation accidents worldwide, 23 of them fatal, with a total death toll of 786 compared to 685 the previous year, the association said in annual safety data data released in Tokyo.

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