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    The air accident rate was at a record low this year, making 2012 the safest year in civil aviation history, the Guardian said, citing a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

    MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) - The air accident rate was at a record low this year, making 2012 the safest year in civil aviation history, the Guardian said, citing a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

    IATA, which represents some 240 airlines comprising 84 percent of global air traffic, said none of its members reported the crash of a modern Western-built aircraft.

    According to the organization’s statistics, the global rate for all aircraft in service was one crash per 470,000 flights.

    “Statistically, a passenger could travel for 14,000 years without being in a crash,” the Guardian wrote.

    However, at least two major accidents involving planes from non-member airlines and resulting in the massive loss of life took place in 2012.

    A total of 127 people were killed in April when a Boeing 737 plane owned by Bhoja Airline crashed in Pakistan. In June, a Dana Air plane crashed in Nigeria, killing more than 150 people.

     

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