Despite the fact that there were several air-crash tragedies in the year 2014, it has been rated as the safest year for air travel. The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 shook the world with its mystery which is yet to be uncovered. Moreover, another tragedy occurred towards the end of the year when AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing.
Although these two major tragedies had their impact on our minds, 2014 was still the year with the least air accidents. According to a report from IATA, the number of accidents was very low as compared to the total number of flights. Tony Tyler, the Director General and Chief Executive of IATA said, “While aviation safety was in the headlines in 2014, the data shows that flying continues to improve its safety performance.”
The year 2014 wasn’t as big on air crashes and fatalities as compared to the five year period between 2009 and 2013. The report also shows that there were a total of 12 air accidents with 641 fatalities in the year 2014 as compared to the average of the five year period, which was 19 air crashes with 517 fatalities a year.
Another Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 became the victim to an attack that took place over East Ukraine. Tyler said, “The shooting down of MH17 took with it 298 lives in an act of aggression that is by any measure unacceptable.” The shooting down of the aircraft took a lot of lives, but it is not counted as an accident under globally-recognized accident classification criteria.
Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8th 2014 and last week the world remembering its one-year anniversary. The flight took a route from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and lost communication with the control room. After this great tragedy, ICAO promoted the use of global tracking of commercial flights on performance based standards.
2014 was a year in which fatal air accidents reduced in number to the previous years. This result might be due to the improvement in technology and the increased demand in airline safety.
Tyler further added, “To the flying public, an air tragedy is an air tragedy, regardless of how it is classified. In 2014 we saw a reduction in the number of fatal accidents—and that would be true even if we were to include MH 17 in the total.”
He went on to say, “The greatest tribute that we can pay to those who lost their lives in aviation-related tragedies is to continue our dedication to make flying ever safer. And that is exactly what we are doing.”