The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released its 2022 Global Aviation Safety Report, and the findings are encouraging. According to the report, the number of fatal accidents and the risk of death decreased in 2022 when compared to both the previous year and the five-year average from 2018 to 2022.
The Safety Report has been reinvented as an online interactive resource, which is a significant change from previous years. This new format provides stakeholders with a more dynamic and accessible way to access the report's data.
The following are the report's key highlights:
There were five fatal accidents involving passengers and crew in 2022, a decrease from seven in 2021 and an improvement over the five-year average of seven.
The fatal accident rate fell to 0.16 per million sectors in 2022, from 0.27 in 2021, and was also lower than the five-year fatal accident rate of 0.20.
The overall accident rate was 1.21 per million sectors, which is lower than the rate of 1.26 accidents for the five years 2018-2022, but higher than the rate of 1.13 accidents per million sectors in 2021.
The risk of death fell from 0.23 in 2021 to 0.11 in the five years from 2018 to 2022.
In 2022, one fatal accident occurred among IATA member airlines, killing 19 people.
These trends are unquestionably good news for the aviation industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The industry's ongoing efforts to improve safety measures and implement stricter protocols have resulted in a decrease in fatal accidents and fatality risk.
It is critical to note that the report's findings are not a cause for complacency. In the coming years, the aviation industry must continue to prioritize safety and strive for even greater improvements.
The new online interactive format of the Safety Report is a positive step forward because it allows stakeholders to access data in a more engaging and user-friendly manner. We hope that this new format will encourage more people to engage with the findings of the report and contribute to the ongoing discussion about aviation safety.
Overall, the 2022 Safety Report is a positive step forward for the aviation industry, as it demonstrates that safety is still a top priority. Let us continue to work to make air travel safer for everyone.
Read the full report here.