Aviation | News | 2021-03-25 | IATA publishes 2020 Safety Report with input from WMO

The 2020 Safety Report of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) was published on 25 March 2021 and is available for download here (registration required).

Through his involvement in IATA's Accident Classification Technical Group (ACTG), Head of WMO's Services for Aviation Division, Greg Brock, directly contributed to the analysis of the 2020 accidents reflected in this latest report.

In 2020 the total number of accidents and fatal accidents both declined compared with the previous year (2019). Nevertheless, aviation is so safe that even one accident can skew the accident rate, and this is particularly the case when flight operations are greatly reduced. In 2020, despite the significant decline to aviation operations due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the accident rate increased to 1.71 per million sectors from 1.11 in 2019.

The 57th edition of the Annual Safety Report (2020) includes further in-depth review and analysis of these and other global and regional aviation statistics, including those where adverse weather or other meteorological conditions were a causal factor in aviation incidents and accidents such as runway/taxiway excursions.