• A Statistical Analysis
    of Commercial Aviation
    Accidents 1958-2020

The number one priority of Airbus is the continued safe transport of everyone and everything that flies aboard an Airbus product. No accident is ever acceptable. That is why, when accidents do unfortunately occur, Airbus does its utmost to learn from what happened and takes whatever actions are necessary to improve safety. This resource on accident statistics is part of that effort. By sharing the Airbus analysis of the historical aspects and current status of aviation safety for commercial jet aircraft.

This analysis clearly demonstrates that our industry has achieved huge improvements in safety, especially over the last two decades. It also underlines the significant contribution technology has made in ensuring that taking a flight in a commercial jet aircraft is a low-risk activity.

Accident statistics

Generations of Jet

Analysis of the evolution of technology and how this has helped improve aviation safety

Fatal accidents

Analysis of fatal accident rates related to events in which one or more people is fatally injured.

Hull Losses

Analysis of hull loss events in which an aircraft is destroyed or damaged beyond economic repair.

Accident Categories

Identifying the most frequent types of accidents

Accident Rates By Category & Generation

Evolution of accident rates by category over last 20 years

Accidents by flight phase

Analysis of the accidents per flight phase

Traffic and Accidents in 2020

 

2020 was a year when the number of operating aircraft and flights recorded was at its lowest level for over 20 years

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic took a noticeable effect from March in 2020 when the number of flights operated globally dropped significantly. Over the entire year, there were just under 18 million flights recorded for commercial jet aircraft. This is approximately half the number of flights that were operated in 2019. Industry estimates show that up to 60 percent of the global fleet was grounded last year due to the effects of the pandemic on air transport.

2020 was a year when the number of operating aircraft and flights recorded was at its lowest level for over 20 years. It is comparable to the year 1998 in terms of capacity. However, there were 3 fatal accidents and 6 hull losses in 2020, compared with the 10 fatal accidents and 24 hull losses in 1998. Even if the number of accidents recorded in a single year is not indicative of the overall level of safety in the commercial aviation industry, this contrast highlights the continual reduction of the accident rate achieved over the last 20 years.

World traffic in flight cycles per week

 
World traffic in flight cycles per week

 
Traffic and Accidents in 2020