"Unless there is a dramatic improvement in airline safety performance between now and the end of 2010, then 2001-10 will become the first decade since the Second World War when global airline accident rates did not show improvement." You will shortly be able to read those words in Flight International's review of global airline safety in the first half of 2009, where you will also find out why airline safety has stopped improving.
Although the text says that safety improvement had previously been continuous since the Second World War, in actual fact it had improved ever since the Wright Brothers. WW2 was mentioned only because airline operations before the war were at the embryonic stage and statistics are hard to come by.
It's only a few days before the magazine comes out, but lets have some intelligent proposals as to why safety is not improving any more. Offers?