ICAO’s annual safety report has revealed that 2016 was the safest ever year for commercial air transport.
Statistics for airlines last year showed a decrease in the number if accidents as well as the accident rate. Some 75 accidents were reported by ICAO States last year, a decrease of 18% from 2015. Meanwhile the increase in scheduled departures means that the accident rate fell from 2.8 accidents per million departures to 2.1 departures – a reduction of 25%. Fatal accidents saw 182 people killed in commercial aviation accidents – a similar total to 2013.