Why you should not be afraid to fly
After the recent unfortunate events that have occurred in the aviation industry, Kippreport looks into the safety of flying.
July 30, 2014 5:15 by Nadine Sayegh
“Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident. In 2013, more than three billion people flew and there were 210 fatalities. Regrettably, we have surpassed that number already this year. But even so, getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that one can do,” says Tony Tyler, chief executive officer and director general of the International Air Transport Authority (IATA).
With three recent tragedies, many of the 3.3 billion people around the world who will board an aircraft this year have questioned the safety of flying, Tyler continues to explain in a statement earlier this week.
The IATA, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) recently reviewed the safety of flying over conflict zones.
“Every accident is one too many. The greatest respect that we can pay to the memory of those involved is to leave nothing unturned in our quest to understand the cause, and to take steps to ensure that it is not repeated,” comments Tyler.
The discussion between the IATA, IZAO, ACI and CANSO resulted in a release of three main efforts that have been put into action to improve safety in the air:
Better information: Without accurate information, tragedies are bound to happen. Clear, accurate and timely information on risks cannot be looked-over lightly. “We were told that flights traversing Ukraine’s territory and above 32,000 feet would not be in harm’s way. We now know how wrong that guidance was. It is essential that airlines receive clear guidance regarding threats to their passengers, crew and aircraft,” said Tyler.
Better control of weapons: Controls on the design, manufacture and deployment of anti-aircraft weapons have been looked at. “MH17 shows us that this is a gap in the international system which must be closed. Under ICAO’s leadership, I am confident that we can find ways within the UN system to augment the international law framework to ensure that states fully understand and discharge their responsibilities in this regard,” said Tyler.
Safety record: Flying today remains safe and secure, Tyler explained, the systems supporting global aviation have produced the safest mode of transport known to mankind.
“There is no need for major surgery, but we must identify and close some specific gaps in the system that, however infrequently, lead to unspeakable mistakes and tragedies,” said Tyler.
ICAO will meet for a high-level safety conference with all of its 191 member states in February 2015 to ensure that action is being taken with regards to safety and security of the global air transport system and its users.