• A Statistical Analysis
    of Commercial Aviation
    Accidents 1958-2021

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 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 the last 20 years

Accidents by flight phase

Analysis of the accidents per flight phase

Traffic and Accidents in 2021

 

The number of flights globally increased by 4 million in 2021 compared with 2020, but this is 40% below the number of flights recorded in the years prior to the pandemic.

The industry as a whole was tested throughout 2021, but there are some positive signs of recovery even though the Covid-19 crisis continues. Despite staggered periods of recovery and relapse experienced in different regions, the number of flights globally increased by 4 million in 2021 compared with 2020. However, this is 40% below the number of flights recorded in the years prior to the pandemic.

An industry-wide focus on addressing risks related to periods of inactivity versus rapid return to service showed how safety vigilance is necessary to avoid a crisis on top of a crisis for aviation.

There was 1 fatal with hull loss and 4 hull loss accidents recorded in 2021, which was less than the 3 fatal with hull loss and 3 hull loss accidents the previous year. 2021 was a year with one of the lowest number of accidents and fatalities. However, due to the reduced number of flights over the last 2 years, these numbers alone do not provide an accurate indication of the overall safety performance or trends.

This statistical analysis of commercial aviation accidents uses accident rates calculated as a 10 year moving average to provide a more consistent comparison across industry growth and cycles.

World traffic in flight cycles per week

World traffic in flight cycles per week

 

Traffic and Accidents in 2021

 
Traffic and Accidents in 2021

Traffic and Accidents in 2021

 
Traffic and Accidents in 2021