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Acidentes aéreos matam 25% a menos em 2008


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O número de mortos em acidentes aéreos caiu 25% em 2008, em relação a 2007, embora o número de casos tenha aumentado 16,6% no mesmo período, segundo a firma de consultoria aeroespacial Ascend.

 

De acordo com a empresa, 28 acidentes aéreos fatais aconteceram em 2008, contra 24 em 2007, mas o número de mortos caiu de 730 para 539.

 

O acidente aéreo mais grave de 2008 foi o da companhia espanhola Spanair, em agosto, quando seu avião caiu logo após decolar do aeroporto de Barajas, em Madri, matando 149 pessoas e deixando apenas 17 sobreviventes.

 

A taxa de mortos em acidentes aéreos foi de 1 para cada 1,3 milhões de voos, o que também representa uma melhora a respeito da taxa de uma morte para cada 1,2 milhões de voos que se mantinha desde o início desta década.

 

A Ascend destacou que a segurança aumentou sensivelmente na última década, já que, nos anos 90, registrou-se uma média de 37,4 acidentes fatais, com 1.128 mortos por ano.

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Aviation News Release

 

 

Airline fatalities fell 25% in 2008 versus 2007

 

Thursday January 8, 2009

 

Last year was one of the safest years on record for air travel, according to Ascend, with 539 reported passenger and crew fatalities, down from 730 in 2007 and the second-best year on record.

 

The UK-based consultancy and information services provider said that only 2004 had fewer fatalities at 434. On the down side, 2008 saw an increase in the number of fatal accidents to 28 from 24 in 2007. Ascend said the fatal accident rate for 2008 was 1 per 1.3 million flights compared to 1 per 1.2 million for the nine years since 2000.

 

"These are very reassuring statistics," Director Paul Hayes stated. "Although there were more fatal accidents . . . far fewer people died. The chances of dying in a serious air accident have reduced significantly and overall, passenger safety has improved." He added that despite his "earlier misgivings," the EU's blacklisting of unsafe carriers "proved effective," as have "IATA's Operational Safety Audit for member airlines and improved adherence to international safety regulations."

 

The worst accident in 2008 was the Spanair MD-80 crash in August, which killed 149 of the 166 passengers onboard and five of six crewmembers (ATWOnline, Oct. 17, 2008). Only two other accidents killed more than 50 people, according to Ascend: The Aeroflot Nord 737-500 accident in September resulted in 82 deaths (ATWOnline, Sept. 23, 2008) and the Aug. 24 crash of an Itek Air 737-200 killed 65 (ATWOnline, Aug. 26).

 

by Perry Flint

 

 

ATW Daily News, Copyright ©2009 Penton Media, Inc.

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