published: 01 JAN 2007 by Harro Ranter, ASN
The Aviation Safety Network today released last year`s airliner accident statistics showing a total of 888 airliner accident fatalities, as a result of 27 accidents. Noteworthy is the high number of `loss of control` accidents. Seventeen aircraft crashed as a result of a loss of control, killing over 800.
Africa still is the most unsafe region.
Over the year 2006 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 27 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 888 fatalities and 4 ground fatalities.
This is significantly lower than the ten-year average of 36 accidents and 1005 fatalities.
The moving 10-year average trends show a decrease in the average number of fatal accidents for all continents. All regions have recorded a steadily decreasing accident rate over the past seven years, except for Africa.
In 2006 Africa was again the most unsafe region:18,5% of all fatal airliner accidents happened in Africa, while the continent only accounts for approximately 3 percent of all world aircraft departures.
Fifteen fatal passenger flight accidents was below the five-year average of 17 accidents.
Where in 2004 cargo planes were reason for concern, 2006 showed a continuing decrease in cargo plane crashes to six.
A noteworthy figure in 2006 was the high number of `loss of control` accidents. Seventeen aircraft crashed as a result of a loss of control, killing over 800. Six accidents were attributed to loss of control on landing or takeoff. The in-flight `loss of control` accidents (eleven) were, amongst others, attributed to midair collisions, loss of situational awareness, weather and mechanical problems. This underscores the most pressing safety problems as identified by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), of which loss of control accidents is one.
Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents remained relatively low at five.
The year 2006 recorded three (attempted) hijackings, which is below the five-year average of 5,6. (ASN)
» ASN Statistical review 2006 (PDF)