IATA has said at the recent US FAA’s safety forum that safety “has taken a big step backwards” in 2007.
November’s been quite a month in terms of accidents. On 30 NovemberAtlasjet MD-83 crashed in Turkey – the day after IATA’s director general Giovanni Bisignani gave his speech to the safety forum.
On 20 November flightglobal.com reported on how seven occupants of an Air Mauritius Airbus A330-200 aircraft were taken to hospital after a depressurisation incident.
An Iberia Airbus A340-600 was badly damaged in an overrun accident in Ecuador on 9 November.
An Airbus A340-600 that was destined for delivery to Etihad was involved in an accident at Airbus’ plant in Toulouse in mid-November. Investigators say the aircraft was undergoing a final test of the engines and brakes when it accelerated from standstill into the test-pen wall. Flightblogger peppered his blog with a range of some good images which show the extent of the damage.
David Learmount, Flight’s safety and operations editor compiles Flight International’s annual Safety Review (the 2007 edition is a work in progress). He wrote in July that 2007, so far, is the safest in airline history, but Bisignani has said that the first three quarters of the year represents a step back, noting that the average accident rate for IATA-member airlines so far this year has risen to 0.9, the highest rate since 2002.
Accidents will always happen but is the industry actually learning from its mistakes?