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Nedumbassery: The civil aviation sector in 2010 registered the lowest accident rate in its history, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aviation safety performance rate of 0.61 in 2010 equalled to one accident for every 1.6 million flights, which was also a significant improvement from the 0.71 recorded in 2009, IATA says.
The accident rate has been cut 42 percent compared to the rate in 2001. However, the number of fatalities increased to 786 compared to 685 in 2009 while about 2.4 billion people flew safely on 36.8 million flights during the year. Of the total industry, IATA member-airlines outperformed the industry average with a Western-built jet hull loss rate of 0.25.
“Achieving the lowest accident rate in the history of aviation shows that this commitment is bearing results. Every fatality is a human tragedy that reminds us of the ultimate goal of zero accidents and zero fatalities,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's director general and CEO.
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