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IATA rates Nigeria, Africa high on aviation safety

IATA rates Nigeria, Africa high on aviation safety

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Despite recent incidents in the Nigeria’s aviation, the International Air Transport Association says safety has improved in Africa and the rest of the world in recent times.

In its 2017 safety performance, which was released on Thursday, IATA said the commercial airline industry showed continued strong improvements in safety.

The report stated, “The all accident rate measured in accidents per one million flights was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous five-year period from 2012 to 2016,” the association noted.

“The 2017 rate for major jet accidents, measured in jet hull losses per one million flights, was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million flights. This was an improvement over the rate of 0.39 achieved in 2016 and also better than the five-year rate from 2012 to 2016 of 0.33.”

The association said Sub-Saharan Africa continued to make strong progress on safety with airlines in the region having zero jet hull losses and zero fatal accidents involving jets or turboprops for a second consecutive year.

“Both the turboprop hull loss rate and the all accident rates declined against the average of the previous five years. However, the turboprop hull loss rate increased compared to 2016 (5.70 vs. 1.52). In turn, this largely was responsible for causing an increase in the all accident rate compared to 2016 (6.87 vs. 2.43),” IATA stated.

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, said 2017 was a very good year for aviation safety.

He explained, “Some 4.1 billion travellers flew safely on 41.8 million flights. We saw improvements in nearly all key metrics globally and in most regions. And our determination to make this very safe industry even safer continues. In 2017 there were incidents and accidents that we will learn from through the investigation process, just as we will learn from the recent tragedies in Russia and Iran.

“Complementing that knowledge are insights we can gain from the millions of flights that operate safely. Data from these operations is powering the development of predictive analytics that will eventually enable us to eliminate the conditions that can lead to accidents. The industry knows that every fatality is a tragedy. Our common goal is for every flight to take-off and land safely.”

He, however, stated that African governments must accelerate the implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s safety-related standards and recommended practices.

“As of year-end 2017, only 25 African countries had at least 60 per cent SARPS implementation,” Juniac added.

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