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Safest aviation year ever in 2014, despite headlines

The International Air Transport Industry (IATA) says there was one jet hull loss for every 4.4 million flights last year.
Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.
Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.

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The International Air Transport Industry (IATA) says it is 'a tragic paradox' that last year the aviation industry recorded its safest year to date, with one jet hull loss for every 4.4 million flights, and yet remained constantly in recent world headlines over safety issues.

Working with governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), IATA says significant progress was made with issues raised as a result of the MH 370 and MH 17 tragedies.

In a statement released on Monday, it added that a 15-minute position reporting standard is being developed and governments are working together to share security information more effectively.

“We will not be satisfied until the outrage of MH 17 is fully addressed in a global convention to control the design, manufacture, sale and deployment of weapons with anti-aircraft capability,” Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, said.

He added that the findings of the full investigation on the Germanwings 9525 tragedy will see “regulators and industry looking at the balance needed to monitor the mental health of crew in an environment aligned with the non-punitive Just Culture that drives safety forward” but warned against a rush to judgment or regulation in the immediate aftermath of accidents.

“We must not allow anything to undermine the well-established accident investigation standards and processes, which lead to findings that improve safety,” Tyler commented.

This year some 3.5 billion people and 55 million tonnes of cargo will travel by air over a global network of 51,000 routes.

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