Zero fatalities or jet hull losses in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016

The 2016 IATA safety performance results have highlighted the strong progress being made in Africa.

Last year, Sub-Saharan Africa had its best performance within the last decade, with zero passenger fatalities and zero jet hull losses.

We must not rest on this success. Safety is earned every day

The all accident rate (measured in accidents per one million flights) was 2.30 per one million departures, compared to 9.73 for the previous five-year period.

“Sub-Saharan airlines delivered a very strong performance in 2016,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

“But we must not rest on this success. Safety is earned every day. The lesson in Africa’s improvement is that global standards like the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) make a difference.

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“African nations should maintain this strong momentum by making IOSA and the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (for those carriers that are not eligible for IOSA) a part of their airline certification process.”

De Juniac also called for regional governments to accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS), noting that by the end of 2016 only 22 African countries had at least 60% SARPS implementation.

Globally, the all accident rate was 1.61, an improvement from 1.79 in 2015. The major jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per one million flights) was 0.39, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 2.56 million flights. This was not as good as the rate of 0.32 achieved in 2015 and was also above the five-year rate (2011-2015) of 0.36. 

The goal is for every flight to depart and arrive without incident

There were 10 fatal accidents with 268 fatalities. This compares with an average of 13.4 fatal accidents and 371 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2011-2015). 

“Last year some 3.8 billion travelers flew safely on 40.4 million flights,” added de Juniac.

“The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined versus the five-year average, showing that aviation continues to become safer.

“We did take a step back on some key parameters from the exceptional performance of 2015, however, flying is still the safest form of long distance travel.

“The goal is for every flight to depart and arrive without incident. And every accident redoubles our efforts to achieve that.”