Passengers are being taken to safety from the Air Niugini crash site in Chuuk, Micronesia.
Dhaka: A sharp rise in commercial aviation fatalities for 2018 has been observed in preliminary analysis. Last year, 11 fatal accidents worldwide involving large airplanes resulted in 530 deaths. The Cologne, Germany-based agency considers this increase to have set the world back to a level not experienced since 2015 when 533 people died in commercial aircraft accidents.
2017 turns out to be the safest year so far in commercial aviation history by experiencing only 9 fatal accidents causing just 67 deaths worldwide.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said, “We should never be complacent with safety and remain persistent in our efforts devoted to protecting passengers and citizens.”
Analysing accidents over the past 5 years, EASA ticks aircraft upset, runway excursions and technical faults relating to aircraft pressurization or fire as ‘key risk areas’ or ‘potential accident outcomes’.
Still, the European safety body claims the number of fatalities in 2018 is decisively below than the ones recorded in the 1990s and 2000s. “The technological advances in aviation and the industry’s efforts to introduce safety management systems help to maintain aviation as a very safe form of transport,” EASA noted.