Safety is aviation’s highest priority. More than 75 years ago, the global airline industry came together in Havana, Cuba, to create the International Air Transport Association (IATA). As part of IATA’s mission to represent, lead and serve its members, the association partners with aviation stakeholders to collect, analyze and share safety information. It also advocates for global safety standards and best practices that are firmly founded on industry experience and expertise. A vital tool in this effort is IATA’s annual Safety Report, which is now in its 58th year of publication. It is the definitive yearbook to track commercial aviation’s safety performance, challenges and opportunities.

The IATA Safety Report has been IATA’s flagship safety document since 1964. The report provides the industry with critical information, derived from the analysis of aviation accidents, to understand safety risks and propose mitigations.

The IATA Safety Report is a valuable tool as aviation works tirelessly to improve its already superb safety record. This report is made available to the industry for free distribution. 

Accident Classification Task Force

The Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF) was created to analyze accidents, identify contributing factors, determine trends and areas of concern relating to operational safety, and develop prevention strategies. The results of the work of the ACTF are incorporated in this annual IATA Safety Report.

It should be noted that many accident investigations are not complete at the time the ACTF meets to classify the year’s events and additional facts may be uncovered during an investigation that could affect the currently assigned classifications.

The ACTF is composed of safety experts from IATA, member airlines, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), professional associations and federations as well as other industry stakeholders. The group is instrumental in the analysis process and produces a safety report based on the subjective classification of accidents. The data analyzed and presented in this report is extracted from a variety of sources. Once assembled, the members of the ACTF validate each accident report using their expertise to develop an accurate assessment of the events.

IATA Safety Report 2021

The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is aviation’s highest priority. The release of the 2021 Safety Report is a reminder that even as aviation faces its deepest crisis, we are committed to making aviation even safer.

The 58th edition of the Annual Safety Report (2021), is a comprehensive review and analysis of the industry’s 2021 safety performance. It presents an in-depth examination of both global and regional accident statistics, including:

  • Essential review and insight into global and regional accident rates and contributing factors
  • Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF) determined actions with recommendations, guidelines and measures aimed at preventing accidents. 
  • Regional overview of the safety metrics and corresponding activities for targeted risk management
  • Essential Insight into the aggregate performance of airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry
  • Interactive accident data tool

The report highlights a strong improvement in several areas compared to 2020 and to 2017-2021. It also shows:

  • Reductions in the total number of accidents, the all-accident rate and fatalities
  • No fatal accidents among airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry
  • No runway/taxiway excursion and ground damage accidents, for the first time in at least 15 years.

The 2021 IATA Safety Fact sheet and the 58th edition of the Annual Safety Report (2021) are available in PDF and IATA Reader format that includes interactive worksheets. The IATA Reader is for Windows® software only.

The Reader must be installed BEFORE the Safety Report document can be downloaded and opened. See instructions to download and install the Reader

2022 Mid-Year Accidents Analysis Report

The Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF) members have classified and analyzed the accidents that occurred in the first six months of 2022. The results of this work are incorporated in this Mid-Year Accident Analysis Report. It should be noted that many accident investigations are not complete at the time the ACTF meets and additional facts may be uncovered during an investigation that could affect the currently assigned classifications.

The statistics for the first half of 2022, the accident data from the previous ten years and the 5-year accident rolling average imply that the safety performance of the commercial air transport sector is still at a high standard.

For maximum functionality, please download and save a copy of the report before opening with Adobe Acrobat. The embedded MsExcel graphs are available for users with Microsoft Office versions 2013, 2016 and Office 365. Please close any open excel files after viewing in order to maintain optimum performance. 

Accident Prevention Strategies

The recommendations that were produced for our 2021 safety report have been extracted and created as a stand-alone document: the accident prevention strategies (pdf)