Airbus' number one priority is the continued safe transport of everyone, and everything that flies aboard an Airbus product. No accident is ever acceptable. That’s why, when accidents do unfortunately occur, Airbus does its utmost to learn from what happened and take whatever actions are necessary to improve Safety. This resource on accident statistics is part of that effort. Here, we share Airbus’ analysis of the historical and current status of aviation Safety for commercial jet aircraft.
This analysis clearly demonstrates that our industry has achieved huge improvements in Safety over the last decades. It also underlines the significant contribution that technology has made in ensuring that taking a flight in a commercial aircraft is an inherently low risk activity
Statistics on accidents
Rates of hull-losses are steadily decreasing in which an aircraft is destroyed or damaged beyond economical repair
No growth in the number of fatal accidents despite increased exposure in which at least one person is fatally or seriously injured
Evolution of accident rates by category over last 20 years
Identifying the most frequent types of accidents
Technology has improved safety
The last generation of jets is 50% safer
than previous generation
The huge reduction in accident rate in aviation has been achieved by a long and ongoing commitment by our industry to place safety at the heart of its mission. Whilst a significant part of this success is due to effective regulation and a strong safety culture and improvements in training, advances in technology have also been a critical element. Aircraft systems technology in particular has been conscientiously evolved with safety in mind.
The fourth and latest generation of civil aircraft was introduced in 1988 with the Airbus A320. Fourth generation aircraft use Fly-By-Wire (FBW) technology with Flight Envelope Protection functions. This additional protection helps to protect against Loss Of Control Inflight (LOC-I) accidents. FBW technology is now the industry standard and is used on all currently produced Airbus models, the Boeing B777 & B787, Embraer E-Jets, Sukhoi Superjet and the Mitsubishi MRJ.