REVEALED: 2017 is the SAFEST year on record for airlines – yet may just be 'good fortune'

REVEALED: 2017 is the SAFEST year on record for airlines – yet may just be 'good fortune'

As more flights take to the sky, airline crashes have been falling since 1997, according to Aviation Safety Network (ASN) Harro Ranter.

A new investigation by aviation consultants To70 has found that 2017 was the safest year on record.

The record also includes the length of time since a fatal passenger jet crash, with almost 400 days passing.

Just two fatal commercial airline crashes were recorded, killing 13 people out of 111 accidents.

This is compared to 2016 with 71 aviation accidents of which six had fatalities.

A jet in Angola crashed after suffering an engine failure, whilst a Czech jet crash landed in Russia.

The accidents included in the report were passenger flights weighing 5700kg or above, with at least 14 passengers.

This doesn’t include other accidents that occurred such as the fatal accident due to a jet blast at St Maarten’s airport, as well as a cargo aeroplane crash in Kyrgyzstan which killed 35 on the ground.

With air traffic up by three percent, this means that the decrease in fatal accidents is higher, with just one in 16 million flights.

The report states that caution should be taken, due to a number of rising problems in the aviation industry.

Whilst a positive sign, it may not continue as it was an “extraordinarily low accident rate this year [and] must be seen as a case of good fortune.”

It also warns of the risks of lithium-ion battery-related fires: “Airlines worldwide are training their crews to fight any fires in the cabin.

“The challenge is keeping such batteries out of passenger luggage.”

The report warns that new technology in the industry such as “new technologies in design, construction and operations,” and human issues such as “mental health issues and fatigue.”

The most dangerous part of the flight is the first three minutes and the last eight minutes.

These eleven minutes are called the Plus Three Minus Eight rule.

Published at Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:57:00 +0000

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