The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the body representing nearly 240 airlines from around the world, has said that the airline accident rates in Africa are a cause for concern, especially in the light of significantly lower accident rates in the rest of the world, according to DefenceWeb.co.za in a 2013 report.
The accident rate for all jet aircraft in Africa during 2012 was 10.85 accidents per million flight hours while the world average was just 2.00 accidents per million flight hours.
In 2013, the overall global average airline accident rate through April 2013 was 1.73 per million flight hours. The accident rate for IATA member airlines, which follow stricter safety standards, was just 0.97 per million flight hours during the period.
The European Union has banned a large number of African airlines from its skies due to safety concerns.