Global Improvement Attributed To Tighter Regulation
The FAA calls 2007 a year of
progress in aviation safety, and now an independent watchdog group
is saying the same for the world.
The Geneva-based Aircraft Crashes Record Office told The
Associated Press 2007 saw the lowest number of crashes in 44
years... but adds some countries, including the Democratic Republic
of Congo, Indonesia, and Colombia, are lagging in safety
ACRO says there were 136 serious accidents in 2007, the fewest
since 1963. Fatalities totalled 965, down 25 percent from 2006.
Most crashes involve small, propeller-powered planes, but larger
jets accounted for more fatalities due to their passenger
The most lethal individual accident last year was the July 17
crash in Brazil of a TAM jetliner, which hit a building during a
landing attempt in Sao Paulo, killing 199.
International Air Transport Association spokesman Anthony Concil
told the AP some parts of the world still have a long way to go on
safety, noting the loss of over 120 lives last year in two separate
accidents in Indonesia, and Africa's continuing poor safety
"We're operating at such a high level of safety that even one or
two accidents can skew the numbers tremendously," Concil said.
China, on the other hand, is preserving an enviable safety
record -- despite explosive growth of the airline industry there.
IATA credits strict regulation.
As for most-improved, Concil notes Russia went from the worst in
the league to the best -- a change he attributes to the
implementation of a series of safety measures based on IATA