International Air Transport Association: 2023 was the safest year ever for air travel International Air Transport Association: 2023 was the safest year ever for air travel

International Air Transport Association: 2023 was the safest year ever for air travel

International Air Transport Association: 2023 was the safest year ever for air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced yesterday, Wednesday, that 2023 was the safest year ever for air travel, despite the significant recovery in passenger flights. 

The IATA annual report stated that the only fatal accident recorded involving a civilian aircraft was the crash of an ATR plane belonging to the Nepalese airline Yeti during a domestic flight, killing 72 people. 

IATA monitored 29 other accidents in 2023, none of which resulted in deaths or the loss of the aircraft.

IATA confirmed that “the year 2023 witnessed the lowest risk of death and accident rate ever, adding: “On average, a person would have had to travel by air daily over the course of 103,239 years to be exposed to a fatal accident.” He added that the low accident rate came despite the high number of Flights last year increased by 17% to 37.7 million trips. 

For his part, Director General of the Federation, Willie Walsh, said: “Even if flying is among the safest activities that anyone can do, there is always room for improvement,” pointing to “two prominent accidents in the first month of 2024.” 

In January 2024, a Japan Airlines  Airbus A350 was safely evacuated after it caught fire at Tokyo Airport.

In the United States, a door separated from the fuselage of a Boeing 737 Max during an Alaska Airlines flight without any serious injuries

In 2022, there were a total of 42 accidents, including 5 fatal ones, claiming the lives of 158 people.

IATA statistics do not cover commercial, military, private, maintenance or training flights.

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