Despite the fact that there were no fatal accidents last year involving commercial air transport fixed-wing aircraft flown by operators based in the member states of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the authority’s executive director, Patrick Ky, has warned against complacency. “We should never overlook that maintaining safety requires vigilance as one single accident can stop or even reverse this positive trend,” he said in the foreword to the recently published 2013 EASA Annual Safety Report
“There has been only one fatal accident in the past two years, representing an improvement on the 10-year average of 2.3 fatal accidents per year between 2002-2011,” Ky pointed out. “The 18 accidents that did occur in member states during 2013 represented a decrease of 46 percent when compared to the 33 accidents in 2012. This was also 27 percent lower than the 10-year average over the period 2002-2011 of 24.6 accidents per year.”
According to the EASA’s report, the most common type of nonfatal fixed-wing air transport accident in its jurisdiction last year was once again loss of control.
Last year commercial air transport helicopters flown by EASA-based operators experienced seven accidents, three of which were fatal. The most common type of helicopter accident, as well as the most common type of helicopter fatal accident, was also caused by loss of control.