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Safety is our #1 priority!

Safety is the highest priority of all involved in aviation. The shared goal is for every flight to take-off and land safely, as happens more than 100,000 times every day. In 2017, the fatal accident rate was 0.14 per million flights, the equivalent of one fatal accident for every 6.7 million flights.

However each fatality is a tragedy. And that rededicates everyone in the aviation industry to our common goal of having every flight take-off and land safely. Our Safety Strategy aims to help the industry become even safer.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions



​Flying is the safest form of long distance transport the world has ever known. In 2017, a total of 4.1 billion passengers flew safely on nearly 42 million flights. There were no fatal accidents involving jet passenger aircraft and the fatal accident rate was 0.14 per million flights--the equivalent of one fatal accident for every 6.7 million flights.

Yet we still have accidents, so we know there is room for improvement. Each fatality is a tragedy. And that rededicates everyone in the aviation industry to our common goal of having every flight take-off and land safely.

We support aviation safety through a number of programs and initiatives, including the IATA Operational Safety Audit.

As the number of accidents declines, future safety advances primarily will lie in achieving a better understanding of what happens in the more than 100,000 flights operating safely every day, through analysis of flight information and other data resources.Our Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) initiative allows us to analyze issues, identify and address potential risks before they become safety hazards.

Another safety focus is reducing injuries from inflight turbulence by developing a real-time database of turbulence reports that airlines can access to help pilots avoid areas of turbulence.

​Turbulence is when the aircraft encounters a pocket of air that can feel choppy but is perfectly normal. Aircraft are built to withstand a lot of air pushing against them and this is not dangerous at all. However, you should keep your seatbelt fastened at all times in case turbulence is encountered without warning.

DID YOU KNOW?


Aviation is the safest from of long distance transport. In 2017, the all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, against 2.01 for the previous 5-year period.

Concretely this means that, based on the 2017 safety performance, on average, a person would have to travel by air every day for 6,033 years before experiencing an accident in which at least one passenger was killed. ​​​​​​​​​​

 

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