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Posted on Wednesday 02 March 2011 in Flights
Last year had the lowest plane accident rate in the history of commercial flights, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The 2010 global accident rate was .61 percent - equal to one accident for every 1.6 million flights. In 2009, the rate was .71 (one accident per 1.4 million flights).
According to the IATA, the crash rate has decreased 42 percent over the past ten years.
Accidents included in the study were ones in which an airplane sustains significant damage that is not repaired.
"Safety is the number one priority," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's director general and CEO. "Achieving the lowest accident rate in the history of aviation shows that this commitment is bearing results. Flying is safe." He added that the ultimate goal is to have zero fatalities and no accidents and that the company remains determined to get those results.
Approximately 2.6 billion people flew safely last year on short breaks, month-long vacations and everything in between.
Officials were very excited by the year's lack of deadly accidents. They believe it can be attributed to new technologies and better communication in airspace.
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