Airline safety was 'remarkable' in 2017 - report

Airline safety was 'remarkable' in 2017 - report
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It was a "remarkable" year for civil aviation safety across the world in 2017, according to a new report.

There were only two fatal accidents involving passenger airliners, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, and no fatalities involving jets.

Aviation consultancy To70 said a total of 13 lives were lost in the two fatal accidents - the first was an Embraer Brasilia flight that suffered engine failure in Angola, and the second a Czech aircraft crashed on landing in Russia.

The fatal accident rate reduced in 2017 to 0.06 fatal accidents per million passenger flights, or a rate of one fatal accident for every 16 million passenger flights.

Despite there being few fatal accidents, there were several serious incidents - including when an Air France A380 had an emergency landing after an engine blowout.  

Notable events that were excluded from the report include the death of a New Zealander from a jet blast at St Maarten's airport and a cargo plane accident in Kyrgyzstan when an aeroplane overran the runway and killed 35 people on the ground.

The report analysed commercial flights with a take-off mass of 5700kg or above - this excludes aircraft such as the seaplane that crashed and killed six people in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Accidents involving military flights, training flights, private flights, cargo operations and helicopters are excluded.

Researcher Adrian Young said the low accident rate is "remarkably low" but there is no room for complacency and the rate is "a case of good fortune".

In 2016, 271 people were killed in seven fatal accidents, including the LaMia jet carrying the Brazillian football team in Colombia and an Egyptair flight from Paris to Cairo.