The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released its annual Safety Report on 10th April, reflecting very positive global aviation safety outcomes for 2013.
The global accident rate came in at 2.8 per million departures versus 3.2 per million in 2012, representing a 13% decrease. The number of fatal accidents involving scheduled commercial operations remained steady at nine during 2013, with total fatalities down to 173 compared to 388 in 2012 – a 55% decrease. Using 2010 as a baseline, fatalities were down by 72%.
Building on their previous work in the area, ICAO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) also published a comprehensive joint aviation safety analysis covering 2013 in their reports – a first for both organizations.