The International Air Transport Association (IATA) aviation safety performance report for 2009 has found that the accident rate for western-built jet aircraft is the second lowest in aviation history.
The 2009 global accident rate, measured in hull losses per million flights of western-built jet aircraft, was 0.71, which is equal to one accident for every 1.4 million flights.
The 2009 accident rate marked a significant improvement, compared to the 0.81 rate recorded in 2008, which stood at one accident per 1.2 million flights.
Overall, there has been a 36% reduction in accident rates in 2009 compared to 2000, making it the second lowest in aviation history, just above the 2006 rate of 0.65.
The aviation safety performance for 2009 shows 2.3 billion people flew safely on 35 million flights.
In 2009, 19 accidents involving western-built jet aircraft took place compared to 22 in 2008, while 90 accidents occurred for all aircraft types against 109 in 2008.