As planes return to the sky, air accidents increase

The good news is that aviation is beginning to return to normal, but the bad news is that aviation accidents have increased over the past year.

The number of commercial jet aircraft accidents increased in 2021 compared to the previous year, reflecting an increase in global flights.

The past few years have been difficult for global aviation, battered by the pandemic and rising oil prices around the world.

There were 23 commercial jet crashes in 2021, according to the 53rd edition of Boeing’s annually updated report.

Only one accident was fatal – a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 which lost altitude shortly after takeoff on January 9, 2021.

The plane took off and crashed into the ocean off the coast of Indonesia.

Six crew members and 56 passengers died and the aircraft was destroyed.

The global commercial aircraft fleet logged approximately 46.9 million flight hours in 2021, up 11% from 42.2 million hours in 2020, considered the worst year of the pandemic.

There were 17 commercial aircraft accidents in 2020, including three fatalities.

Four of the crashes in 2021 resulted in hull losses, meaning the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Decline in the number of accidents

The global annual fatal accident rate involving commercial jets has been less than 0.2 per million flights over the past decade – down from an annual rate of around 0.4 to 0.8 the previous decade.

“Over the past 63 years, hull losses and onboard fatalities have declined significantly while the number of flights has continued to increase,” Boeing’s report said.

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