By Busayo Sotunde
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have declared that African carriers have made impressive improvement in air safety this year.
According to the report presented by the IATA Senior Vice President, Gunther Matschsnigg, the accident rate on the continent fell by 63% to 6.34 per million flight compared to17.11 last year.
The accident rate of western built jet on the continent was 3.93 per million for 2011 a difference from 2010 figure of 8.26 per million.
This is an increase of more than 50%. Meanwhile Africa IATA operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registered carrier have had no accident so far this year.
Africa,which for long has been regarded as the most dangerous for air travel have also had an unblemished facility record.
The IATA safety chief credited the seven year old programme which provides for thorough and regular checks on all aspect of flight security and aircraft maintenance as well as training of personnel for the major improvements in Africa.
‘Overall African performance is 52% better’, Matschsnigg added.
The IATA dates back as far as 1945 when the collation of records began.
This year is the best result so far.