2012 named safest year in civil aviation history

The International Air Transport Association said none of its members reported the crash of a modern Western-built aircraft.

Moscow: The air accident rate was at a record low this year, making 2012 the safest year in civil aviation history, a media report said.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents some 240 airlines comprising 84 percent of global air traffic, said none of its members reported the crash of a modern Western-built aircraft, the Guardian reported.

According to the organisation`s statistics, the global rate for all aircraft in service was one crash per 470,000 flights.

"Statistically, a passenger could travel for 14,000 years without being in a crash," the Guardian wrote.

However, at least two major accidents involving planes from non-member airlines and resulting in the massive loss of life took place in 2012.

A total of 127 people were killed in April when a Boeing 737 plane owned by Bhoja Airline crashed in Pakistan. In June, a Dana Air plane crashed in Nigeria, killing more than 150 people.

IANS

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