Feb 19th 2009
Air safety over the past decade
THERE were 109 commercial-jet “hull losses” in 2008, up from 100 in the previous year, according to an annual report by IATA, an airline-industry body. These serious accidents that result in the destruction of a plane have fallen steadily for decades, but have been on the rise again since 2006. But the increase in accidents has not resulted in a growing number of fatalities. Some 692 passengers lost their lives in 2007, but this fell to 502 last year, a rate of 0.13 deaths for every million passengers carried.