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LONDON – The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has published their new edition of Safety Report, which shows how safe the industry has been on a year-on-year basis.

ICAO acquired this information based on the performance recorded in 2017. 

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2017 saw 4.1 billion people travel across the world. The year of 2017 recorded only 50 fatalities for scheduled commercial departures.

This means that the year of 2017 had a global fatality rate of 12.2 per billion passengers, in which ICAO says it represents “the safest year ever on record for aviation”.

The accident rate rose by 0.3 to 2.4 from 2.1 in 2016 but is still a low rate since 2015, when 2.8 accidents were recorded, 3.0 in 2014 and 2.9 in 2013 overall.

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2013 saw 90 accidents take place, killing 173 people. A spike in 2014 saw 97 accidents take place, killing 911 people.

2015 saw 92 accidents take place, killing 474 people with 2016 having 75 accidents killing 182 people. 

Last year saw 88 accidents only kill 50 people, which does highlight a safe year for the industry. 

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The global accident rate of 2.4 per million passengers linked with the small growth in traffic experienced in 2017. Percentages of departures rose by 12%, meaning that the accident rate will increase with it.

It is good news that the fatality rate has gone down, and has been at its lowest points in a few years.

It will be a testament to new aircraft being delivered, with more safer technology onboard to save more lives when an accident does indeed happen.