“Airplane remains the safest mode of transport,” said Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar of the International Civil Aviation Organization (IKAO) on the results of the Association's Global Safety Report flights in 2022. According to the report, the global accident rate over the past year has decreased by 9.8% compared to 2020.
In 2020, the accident rate per million was 2.14, but in 2021 it has fallen to 1.93. At the same time, the number of fatal accidents also decreased by 66 percent in 2021 compared to 2020. The last of their major air crashes, where the number of victims exceeded 100 people, was in January 2020
“These data once again confirm that air transport is the safest mode of transport,” he said. The organization also recorded that despite all the problems, the aviation industry is recovering – 2021 showed an increase of 11% compared to the “covid” 2020. This year, too, “millions of flights took place, despite the lack of funding for hiring new personnel.” The situation with the safety of passengers and crews involved in air transport during this period, according to IKAO, has also not changed.
Let us also recall the largest air crashes in recent years – most of them are directly related to tourism:
- On January 8, 2020, a Ukrainian International Airlines jet was shot down over Iran, not far from Tehran, by the Iranian Air Force. 176 people died in the disaster.
- Two major disasters marked “malfunctions” with the new version of the Boeing – the B737 MAX 8 airliner – in March 2020, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed with 157 people on board, another of the same Boeing, owned by the Indonesian airline Lion Air, collapsed at sea near Jakarta in October 2019. After two accidents, the aircraft was quickly withdrawn from service.
- The loudest disaster that happened to Russian tourists is the death of the KogalymAvia airliner, which flew on October 31, 2015 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. There were 224 people on board, all of them died. Later, the death of the liner was recognized as a terrorist attack. After this disaster, the resorts of Egypt were completely closed to Russian tourists for almost 6 long years.
- The scandalous disaster with the “human factor”: March 24, 2015, the liner of the German low-cost airline Germanwings with 150 tourists on board “rammed” the mountain in the French Alps. The reason is called the human factor, namely, the conscious decision of one of the pilots to lay hands on himself in a similar way.
- Another law of paired cases was “demonstrated” by Malaysian Boeings – two disasters happened in 2014. First, on March 8, one of the liners of Malaysian Airlines crashed into the Indian Ocean – for reasons that have not been clarified. The second was shot down on July 17 over the DPR. In total, these two disasters claimed the lives of almost 540 people.
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