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SSA airlines record zero fatalities in 2018

By: Maclean Kwofi
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Commercial airlines operating in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in jet operations for a third consecutive year.
All the accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 2.71, a significant improvement over the rate of 6.80 for the previous five years, thanks to safety regulations the International Air Transport Association (IATA) was pushing.
A report on the 2018 safety performance by IATA released on February 21, showed that Africa was the only region to see a decline in all-accident rate compared to 2017.

However, the region experienced two fatal turboprop accidents, neither of which involved a scheduled passenger flight.
“We continue to progress in the region toward world-class levels of safety. But, despite improvement there is still a gap to cover in the safety performance of the continent’s turboprop fleet.
Global standards such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) are making a difference. Counting all accidents, the performance of African airlines on the IOSA registry was more than twice as good as non-IOSA airlines in the region," the Director General of IATA, Mr Alexandre de Juniac, stated.
In parallel, he said African governments must accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS).
"As of year-end 2017, only 26 African countries had at least 60 per cent SARPS implementation. They also should incorporate IOSA into their safety oversight systems,” he said.

Global trend
But in general, the data released by IATA for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showed continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017.
All accident rate was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.79 for the previous five-year period (2013-2017), but a decline compared to 2017’s record performance of 1.11.
The 2018 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.19, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 5.4 million flights.
This was an improvement over the rate for the previous five-year period (2013-2017) of 0.29 but not as good as the rate of 0.12 in 2017.
There were 11 fatal accidents with 523 fatalities among passengers and crew. This compares with an average of 8.8 fatal accidents and approximately 234 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2013-2017).
In 2017, the industry experienced six fatal accidents with 19 fatalities, which was a record low. One accident in 2017 also resulted in the deaths of 35 persons on the ground.
Mr Juniac indicated that last year some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights but 2018 was not the extraordinary year that 2017 was.
"However, flying is safe, and the data tell us that it is getting safer.
"For example, if safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of 62; and there would have been 18 fatal accidents, instead of the 11 that actually occurred,” he said
He observed that flying continues to be the safest form of long distance travel the world has ever known.
Based on the data, he said on average, a passenger could take a flight every day for 241 years before experiencing an accident with one fatality on board.
"We remain committed to the goal of having every flight takeoff and land safely,” he added.
The report also revealed that six regions showed improvement or stayed the same in 2018 compared to the previous five years (2013-2017) in terms of the jet hull loss rate.
The world turboprop hull loss rate was 0.60 per million flights, which was an improvement over 1.23 in 2017 and also over the five-year rate (2013-2017) of 1.83.
All regions except for Middle East-North Africa saw their turboprop safety performance improve in 2018 when compared to their respective five-year rates. Accidents involving turboprop aircraft represented 24 per cent of all accidents in 2018 and 45 per cent of fatal accidents.


Extraordinary year
Commercial airlines operating in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in jet operations for a third consecutive year.
All the accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 2.71, a significant improvement over the rate of 6.80 for the previous five years, thanks to safety regulations the International Air Transport Association (IATA) was pushing.
A report on the 2018 safety performance by IATA released on February 21, showed that Africa was the only region to see a decline in all-accident rate compared to 2017.
However, the region experienced two fatal turboprop accidents, neither of which involved a scheduled passenger flight.
“We continue to progress in the region toward world-class levels of safety. But, despite improvement there is still a gap to cover in the safety performance of the continent’s turboprop fleet.
Global standards such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) are making a difference. Counting all accidents, the performance of African airlines on the IOSA registry was more than twice as good as non-IOSA airlines in the region," the Director General of IATA, Mr Alexandre de Juniac, stated.
In parallel, he said African governments must accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS).
"As of year-end 2017, only 26 African countries had at least 60 per cent SARPS implementation. They also should incorporate IOSA into their safety oversight systems,” he said.

Global trend
But in general, the data released by IATA for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showed continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017.
All accident rate was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.79 for the previous five-year period (2013-2017), but a decline compared to 2017’s record performance of 1.11.
The 2018 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.19, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 5.4 million flights.
This was an improvement over the rate for the previous five-year period (2013-2017) of 0.29 but not as good as the rate of 0.12 in 2017.
There were 11 fatal accidents with 523 fatalities among passengers and crew. This compares with an average of 8.8 fatal accidents and approximately 234 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2013-2017).
In 2017, the industry experienced six fatal accidents with 19 fatalities, which was a record low. One accident in 2017 also resulted in the deaths of 35 persons on the ground.
Mr Juniac indicated that last year some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights but 2018 was not the extraordinary year that 2017 was.
"However, flying is safe, and the data tell us that it is getting safer.
"For example, if safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of 62; and there would have been 18 fatal accidents, instead of the 11 that actually occurred,” he said
He observed that flying continues to be the safest form of long distance travel the world has ever known.
Based on the data, he said on average, a passenger could take a flight every day for 241 years before experiencing an accident with one fatality on board.
"We remain committed to the goal of having every flight takeoff and land safely,” he added.
The report also revealed that six regions showed improvement or stayed the same in 2018 compared to the previous five years (2013-2017) in terms of the jet hull loss rate.
The world turboprop hull loss rate was 0.60 per million flights, which was an improvement over 1.23 in 2017 and also over the five-year rate (2013-2017) of 1.83.
All regions except for Middle East-North Africa saw their turboprop safety performance improve in 2018 when compared to their respective five-year rates. Accidents involving turboprop aircraft represented 24 per cent of all accidents in 2018 and 45 per cent of fatal accidents.