Global Airline Accident Analysis for 2008

Global airline safety has stagnated following a decade of steady improvement.


One of the themes that emerged from last October's Flight Safety Foundation International Aviation Safety Seminar was that, to advance safety, airlines need to move "beyond [regulatory] compliance," because rulemaking has done about as much as it effectively can.

That theme, also embraced by the International Air Transport Association and the International Federation of Airworthiness, which organise the safety seminar jointly with the FSF, has since been given additional credibility by 2008's accident figures. These confirm that global airline safety has stagnated following a decade of steady improvement -- airline fatal accident numbers have levelled out or worsened since 2003.

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