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Aviation | Airline accidents rose in 2008, trade group says

Aviation | Airline accidents rose in 2008, trade group says
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First Published: Thu, Feb 19 2009. 09 20 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 19 2009. 09 20 PM IST
Dallas: Airline accidents worldwide rose 9% in 2008, while the number of fatalities declined 27% , the International Air Transport Association said.
Last year’s accident tally was 109, up from 100 in 2007, the trade group said on Thursday in a statement. The number of fatal accidents increased to 23 from 20, and the death toll was 502.
The trade group measures the accident rate as the loss of a hull, or fuselage, for each million flight-miles by Western- built jets.
By that gauge, the 2008 rate rose to 1 accident for each 1.2 million flights, from 1 in 1.3 million a year earlier, IATA said.
Safety is the industry’s No. 1 priority, IATA chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani said in the statement.
Bloomberg
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PTI
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First Published: Thu, Feb 19 2009. 09 20 PM IST