The holiday season is upon us and hundreds of thousands of Israelis are expected to spend the coming months abroad. Many Israelis are afraid of flying and, despite their fear, get on the plane. In our examination with IATA (International Air Transport Association), we found very interesting and reassuring data regarding the likelihood of a flight crashing.
February 2020. A plane carrying 171 passengers crashed while landing at an airport in Istanbul. No dead but with many wounded, Photo: E. Nose. P
According to IATA, 1.6 flights out of 10 million flights were involved in crashes with fatalities in 2022. In all of 2022, there have only been five flights that crashed and resulted in fatalities. Of these, four were turboprop planes of the type rarely used on flights to Israel, and only one crash was a jet plane. Data that illustrates how much of an airplane is the safest mode of transportation in the world and by far the safest mode of transportation.
Air New Zealand plane, photo: Moshe Shai
In 2021, the figure was similar, but in this case as well, there was an improvement. In 2021, there were seven crashes with fatalities, a slightly higher figure than last year.
IATA data also shows that one out of every 2.1 million IATA flights (almost every airline) was involved in accidents. The figure does not indicate fatal accidents, but also relatively small accidents.
Kobi Sussman, IATA's Director General in Israel, told Israel Hayom: "The data show that one air accident occurs for every 1.5 million takeoffs. Safety is a top priority for aviation and airlines will never compromise on flight safety. A great deal of effort and resources are invested in safety, both on the ground and in the air, and I would even say that safety is the most central component of an airline's organizational culture."
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