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Over the year 2006 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 27 fatal airliner
accidents1, resulting in 888 fatalities and 4 ground fatalities.
This is significantly lower than the ten-year average of 36 accidents and 1005 fatalities.

Over the year 2006 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 27 fatal airliner accidents1, resulting in 888 fatalities and 4 ground fatalities.

This is significantly lower than the ten-year average of 36 accidents and 1005 fatalities.

The moving 10-year average trends show a decrease in the average number of fatal accidents for all continents. All regions have recorded a steadily decreasing accident rate over the past seven years, except for Africa.

In 2006 Africa was again the most unsafe region:18,5% of all fatal airliner accidents happened in Africa, while the continent only accounts for approximately 3 percent of all world aircraft departures.

Eleven fatal passenger flight accidents in 2004 was an all-time low. After a brief spike in 2005, the number of accidents in 2006 decreased to 15, which is below the five-year average of 17 accidents.

Where in 2004 cargo planes were reason for concern, 2006 showed a continuing
decrease in cargo plane crashes to 6.

A notable figure in 2006 was the high number of ‘loss of control’ accidents. Seventeen aircraft crashed as a result of a loss of control, killing over 800. Six accidents were attributed to loss of control on landing or takeoff. The in-flight ‘loss of control’ accidents were, amongst others, attributed to midair collisions, loss of situational awareness, weather and mechanical problems.

Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents remained very low at five.
The year 2006 recorded three (attempted) hijackings, which is below the five-year
average of 5,6.

The year 2006 recorded no fatal criminal occurrences; the tenth year without any occurrences since 1945.

The figures have been compiled using the airliner accident database of the Aviation Safety
Network, the Internet leader in aviation safety information. The Aviation Safety Network uses
information from authoritative and official sources like NTSB, ICAO etc.

The goal of the Aviation Safety Network is to provide everyone with a (professional) interest in aviation with up-to-date, complete and reliable authoritative information on airliner accidents and safety issues.

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