Sunday, 2 August 2020

15th Annual EASA Safety Review Published

Each year brings us new challenges. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of life and industry on earth. As restrictions are eased here in Europe, the economic and human cost of this tragedy is yet to be fully understood. Normally, the aviation system provides a means to connect with those important to us at critical times in their lives. While this function has been significantly interrupted, and many other barriers stop us from meeting up with family and friends, aviation has remained a vital method of ensuring that essential medical expertise and supplies are able to be shipped to where they are most needed in the world, often using modified passenger aircraft that have been specially certified for cargo operations.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has released its 15th annual safety review of European aviation. The analysis in the review provides a statistical summary across all domains of operation and is split into sections covering:
  • aeroplanes, 
  • helicopters,
  • balloons, 
  • sailplanes, 
  • aerodromes / ground handling and 
  • air traffic management / air traffic navigation services.  
The ASR identifies the most important safety challenges faced in European aviation today and supports the decision making for the next edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) to further improve aviation safety and environmental protection throughout Europe. 

The most substantial contribution to the 268 total fatalities in 2019 comes from the accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed shortly after take-off on 10 March 2019 with the loss of all 157 lives on board the aircraft. This was the second catastrophic accident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in six months. On 29 October 2018, a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after take-off, with the loss of all 189 lives on board the aircraft. These accidents have led to one of the longest flight suspensions of a large commercial aeroplane type. EASA is conducting a thorough re-certification of the B737 MAX 8 in order to ensure that the modified aircraft is safe to return to service. 

Download the full report 
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