The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said 2013 was the safest year ever for its member companies. The group says the three accidents involving Western-built commercial aircraft last year resulted in 24 fatalities, about half of what AAPA members experienced over the past five years.
The Malaysia-based group attributes the accident reductions to “regulatory and industry efforts to continuously improve safety performance by the introduction of enhanced technology, new designs and strict certification standards to aircraft over the years.” AAPA director general
Andrew Herdman commented: “In addition to large commercial jet operations, greater attention also needs to be focused on turboprop aircraft operations. We need firm regulation to ensure that all carriers operate to the highest international standards, including wider deployment of automated terrain awareness warning systems for all commercial operations.”
AAPA considers turboprop operations more challenging due to both local operating environments and weather.