World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Air Passenger Deaths Lowest In 60 Years


Passenger Deaths On Scheduled Flights Reach Lowest Level In 60 Years – UN

Air passenger deaths from accidents in 2004 on scheduled services – excluding those caused by unlawful acts – were the lowest in 60 years, and less than half those of 2003, according to preliminary statistics released by the United Nations civil aviation agency today.

There were nine aircraft accidents involving 203 passenger deaths on scheduled services for planes with a maximum take-off mass of more than 2,250 kilos last year, compared with 466 passenger fatalities in seven accidents in 2003, the lowest since 1945, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said.

Because of the significantly lower number of passenger deaths and the significant increase in the total scheduled passenger traffic in 2004, the accident rate for scheduled air services measured in passenger fatalities per 100 million passenger-kilometres decreased to about 0.005 from approximately 0.015 in 2003.

For non-scheduled operations, there were 18 accidents involving 207 passenger deaths for aircraft with a maximum take-off mass of more than 2,250 kilos compared with 217 deaths in 25 accidents in 2003.

Regarding security, 16 acts of unlawful interference were recorded in which 91 persons were killed and eight injured. These included four recorded incidents of sabotage or attempted sabotage, two of which were carried out simultaneously by suicide bombers on aircraft in flight on 24 August 2004 in Russia, killing 90 passengers and crew.

There was also one successful hijacking compared with three in 2003. The number of airport attacks or attempted airport attacks decreased to four last year from 10 in 2003, one of which was an attack within the terminal building.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news