Last year saw no accidental hull losses and in 2015 there was one major accident (jet hull loss) for every 3.1 million flights, 30% better than during the previous five years.

The jet hull loss rate for members of IATA, however, was 31% better, at 0.22 or one accident for every 4.5 million flights. Like the overall jet safety figure for 2015, IATA members were 31% better than the five year rate for 2010-2014.
The four accidents in 2015 that resulted in passenger fatalities, 136 in total, all involved turboprop aircraft. This compares with an average of 17.6 fatal accidents and 504 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2010-2014).

The loss of Germanwings flight 9525 through pilot suicide and Metrojet flight 9268 from suspected terrorism, resulting in the deaths of 374 passengers and crew are tragedies that occurred in 2015. They are not, however, included in the accident statistics as they are classified as deliberate acts of unlawful interference.

“2015 was another year of contrasts when it comes to aviation’s safety performance. In terms of the number of fatal accidents, it was an extraordinarily safe year. And the long-term trend data show us that flying is getting even safer. Yet we were all shocked and horrified by two deliberate acts--the destruction of Germanwings 9525 and Metrojet 9268. While there are no easy solutions to the mental health and security issues that were exposed in these tragedies, aviation continues to work to minimize the risk that such events will happen again,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer.