So Far, 2012 is Safest Year Ever for Airlines
UPDATE: It's official. According to the International Air Transport Association, 2012 was the safest year ever.
According to the Geneva-based airline trade group International Air Transport Association, 2012 is on its way to becoming the safest year ever for air travel.
Western Jets – No Crashes
According to reports, during the first 11 months of this year, the loss-rate for western-built jets dropped 54% compared to 2011. In other words, there was not a single crash of such aircraft reported by any of IATA's 240 world-wide airline members. U.S. members of IATA include Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United and US Airways.
Statistics: Fly for 14,000 Years Safely
The Guardianreports that, according to the IATA, "statistically, a passenger could travel for 14,000 years without being in a crash" and a senior executive with the organization declared flatly that air travel the safest way to travel.
Trouble Spot: Africa
However, that same IATA official said, there's more to be done and singled out Africa as a trouble spot – it was the only region that reported a worse accident rate for 2012 – 57% worse, over the previous year.