The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that airlines from Sub-Saharan Africa recorded no fatality in 2016 when compared to other years in the last decade.
IATA made this known in its 2016 safety performance report of the commercial airline industry, saying that airlines from the region had zero passenger fatalities and zero jet hull losses.
In the document, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director-general, said the all accident rate was 2.30 per one million departures, compared to 9.73 for the previous five years.
He said that there was one non-fatal turboprop hull loss, putting the region’s turboprop hull loss rate at 1.56 (85% lower than its 2011-2015 yearly average).
“Sub-Saharan airlines delivered a very strong performance in 2016. But we must not rest on this success. Safety is earned every day.
“The lesson from Africa’s improvement is that the global standards like the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) make a difference.