According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), African aviation has made significant progress in safety with airlines on that continent experiencing only one Western-built jet hull loss last year. The Western-built jet hull loss rate improved 55.4 percent between 2013 and 2012, while the region’s accident rate for all aircraft types improved nearly 50 percent (7.45 accidents per million flights from 14.80 in 2012).
“We are seeing progress in Africa,” said IATA’s director general Tony Tyler. “Africa’s overall [accident] rate is still many times worse than global levels, so there is plenty of work to do. We cannot take the recent improvement trend for granted. To make these gains a sustainable foundation on which to achieve world-class safety levels is going to require the continued determination and commitment of all stakeholders, including governments.”
A key focus for governments in the effort to achieve more effective safety oversight will be the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS), according to the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP). As of the end of last year, only 11 African states had achieved 60 percent implementation of the SARPS.