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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Russia: The World's Most Dangerous Airways

Reuters reports that if you board a plane in Russia, you take your life in your hands (not that driving a car is any safer, Russia has among the world's most dangerous highways too).

Russia remains the most dangerous place to fly despite global improvements that made 2006 the safest year on record, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported on Tuesday. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) had an accident rate 13 times the global average, IATA said. Improvements in Africa were part of a positive annual report from the Geneva-based trade organisation, which said major global accidents fell to 77 from 111 a year earlier. The industry on average had 0.65 serious accidents per million flights for Western-built jets or one accident for every 1.5 million flights. In the CIS the rate was 8.6 accidents per million flights, or twice the rate of Africa, where the level fell to 4.31 from 9.2. IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said the industry's expected growth of 5 to 6 percent per year would force airlines to continue to do better. "The safety results for 2006 are impressive. Air transport remains the safest form of travel," he said, but added: "The accident rate must decrease just to keep the actual number of accidents in check. The goal will always be zero accidents." IATA's tally of accidents focuses on those which involve the loss of the aircraft. Bad weather, miscommunication and lapses in crew training remain the key factors that cause accidents. IATA, which includes some 250 airlines and more than 90 percent of the world's scheduled international air traffic, endorses safety through a programme which helps airlines adopt global safety practices and standards. Its latest report underscored the need for tighter safety for cargo airlines, noting cargo accounted for just 4 percent of traffic last year yet 24 percent of the serious accidents.

2 comments:

Timothy Post said...

Is America the most dangerous place to attend university?

La Russophobe said...

TIMOTHY:

Thanks for demonstrating your seething contempt for America, clearly indicating you are one of the world's great hypocrites for criticizing our statements about Russia.

You've also quite conveniently demonstrated, in a most conclusive manner, what a total moron you are. Your conlusion is utterly without foundation, while the conclusion of our post is based on scientific data. If you have data showing more students lose their lives while studying in America than in Russia, you sure don't reveal it.

Of course, being a moron, you choose to overlook all the dark-skinned students who have murdered and assaulted by Russian racists, killed in fires and by all manner of other horrors.

Being a moron, you ignore the fact that hoards of students flock to America for study every year, but nobody is flocking to Russian airlines.

We feel your pain. You're trying to dupe the unwary into Russia with lies, whilst we tell the truth and warn them off. It must be very frustrating for you.