It is estimated that, every day, about 6 million people board airplanes and arrive safely at their destinations. Flying is one of the safest modes of transportation today. The overall safety record of commercial airplanes is excellent and has been steadily improving over time. The following is an updated overview of the safety aspects relating to aircraft and air travel.
During the 1950s and 1960s, fatal accidents occurred about once every 200,000 flights. Today, the worldwide safety record is more than 10 times better, with fatal accidents occurring less than once every 2 million flights. Given the excellent safety record of modern commercial airplanes, many of today’s improvements are incremental. Major aircraft manufacturers like Boeing are giving high priority to the safety of their aircraft. With Boeing airplanes representing roughly 51% of the worldwide fleet, ensuring safe travel for all passengers and crew is the primary focus of the Boeing personnel who design, build, test, deliver and support its airplanes. Aircraft manufacturers promote aviation safety in a number of ways like
using robust processes to produce safe products, continuously monitoring the performance of the worldwide fleet, leveraging new technology
to enhance safety, participating in accident investigations, working together with others to make sure flying is as safe as possible. These combined
efforts are the most effective way to improve continuously aviation safety worldwide.
Aviation safety is a term encompassing the theory, investigation, and categorisation of flight passenger miles are 100 times higher. The number of deaths per passenger-mile on commercial airlines in the United States between 1995 and 2000 is about 3 deaths per 10 billion passenger-miles.
(Read the full article from the April Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)