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Safety Highlights

Safety performance for the first half of 2013 is on a par with last year’s record level of performance. There were four Western-built jet hull losses between January and June 2013, the same number as 2012. The accidents that have occurred in 2013 have, in general, been less severe than last year in that the number of fatalities is seven times lower than at this time in 2012; 43 fatalities compared to 331 in 2012.

The IOSA SMS strategy has been developed to elevate all SMS designated Recommended Practices to Standards by 2016. A document outlining the timeline, rationale and supporting guidance was launched at OPC in June. IATA Safety has also been involved in the creation of the new ICAO Annex 19, applicable in November 2013, providing the framework for States on the creation and implementation of State Safety Programs and Safety Management Systems.

Activities are ongoing to amend Annex 19 to facilitate implementation. The 49th edition of the IATA Safety Report was published in April. This included a return of the Cabin Safety Section and a new Five Year Review of accidents. There has also been progress in the area of lithium batteries; a lithium battery workshop was held at the Ops Conference in Vienna in April and a best practice guidebook is on track for publication this year.

Preparations are also underway for the first International Cabin Safety Conference to be held in the second quarter of 2014. A cabin safety seminar targeted to African carriers will be held in Johannesburg in November.

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