Twenty-sixteen saw an improvement in safety records for the air transport industry, with 100,000 flights safely flying 10 million passengers to their destinations daily and the sector reducing the major accident loss rate by almost 60 per cent over the past five years due to continuous improvements in safety performance.
For 2016 as a whole, there were seven major accidents worldwide involving large western-built commercial airline jets, which resulted in a total of 207 fatalities and represented a loss rate of one major accident for every four million flights.
For western-built commercial airline turboprop-powered aircraft in 2016 there were five major accidents, which resulted in a total of 80 fatalities and a loss rate of one major accident per million flights.
Additional focus on specific risk factors and common operational challenges has also made a significant impact in improving the safety performance of turboprop operations in Asia-Pacific, which recorded three major accidents last year resulting in 74 fatalities.
Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, said: “As again demonstrated by the positive outcome for 2016, flying remains extraordinarily safe, and getting safer still. Asia-Pacific airlines are operating in line with the highest international standards, and delivering continuous improvements in safety performance."
However, Herdman also pinpointed that the planned expansion of the sector in Asia-Pacific will bring considerable challenges, with The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) already identifying variations in the quality of enforcing safety standards and oversights in regulations worldwide.
“Governments have a responsibility to make the necessary commitments and investment in resources to ensure effective oversight in full compliance with agreed ICAO standards, or face the very real threat of international sanctions, which some countries have already experienced," he said.