Asia Pacific airlines enjoyed an improved safety record for the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, although the value of gross hull losses leapt 46% to $114 million.
According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, aircraft operated by Asia Pacific carriers were involved in 18 accidents during the first half of the year, compared with 22 in the first six months of 2012.
Of these, 11 accidents resulted in total hull losses, while the remaining seven resulted in major damage.
Indonesian operators had the most accidents, with six in the first half of 2013, compared with five a year earlier.
Fatalities in the first six months stood at 16 passengers and five crew, compared with 138 passengers and 11 crew fatalities a year earlier. Ascend statistics for the first half of 2012 include the 20 April 2012 crash of a Boeing 737-200 operated by Bhoja Air that killed all 127 passengers and crew.
In contrast, the only fatal crash suffered by an Asia Pacific operator in the first six months of 2013 involved a Bombardier CRJ200 operated by Kazakhstan's SCAT that killed 21 occupants in a 29 January crash.
The cost of damage, however, rose markedly in the first six months of 2013 to $114 million compared with $78.5 million in 2012.
The sharp rise was mainly attributable to the complete loss of a brand new Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesia's Lion Air. On 13 April, the aircraft crashed into the sea beside the runway while attempting to land at Denpasar airport. This incurred a gross hull loss of $51.8 million, according to Ascend.
The data set does not include the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER that crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco on 6 July. This crash resulted in fatalities among the 291 passengers on board the flight and a gross hull loss of approximately $105 million.