2011 was 'Safest Year Ever' for Flying

A new report from Flightglobal, a UK-based aviation research and consulting group, has good news for fearful flyers: in terms of fatal airline accidents and passenger fatality rates worldwide, 2011 was “the safest year ever.”

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According to Flightglobal’s publication titled Airline Safety & Losses, Annual Review: 2011, there was no major catastrophe last year, just steady improvement in the fatality rate which was cut in half over the past 20 years. Statistic from the report including the following:

  • 2011: 1 fatality per 1.52 million flights
  • 2010: 1 fatality per 1.3 million flights
  • Mid-1990s: approximately 1 fatality per 700,000 flights

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According to a 2011 report from the National Safety Council, the odds of someone born in the U.S. and suffering a fatal accident are as follows:

  • Fatality due to any accident or injury: 1 in 1,628 in a year
  • Fatality due to motor vehicle accident: 1 in 6,856 in a year
  • Fatality due to air and space transport accident: 1 in 547,801

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2011’s Worst Accidents by Country, Airline

According to Flightglobal, the worst airline accidents for fatalities in 2011 occurred in the following countries:

  • Hewa Bora Airways Boeing, DR Congo
  • Iran Air, Iran
  • Rusair, Russia
  • Yak Service, Russia
  • AirZena, DR Congo


Published: May 23, 2012