ANNUAL SAFETY REVIEW 2019 - FOREWORD BY PATRICK KY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Commercial transport in 2018 claimed 586 lives, out of 4.3 billion passengers transported. This has to be contrasted with the year 2017 which had been labelled as the ‘safest year, ever’, in commercial aviation, with 67 fatalities for 4.1 billion passengers.For European air carriers, the results have been positive, with no fatal accidents and over 1.1 billion passengers transported.The aviation community must work relentlessly, in order to continue to improve our safety level globally. To do so, Aviation has put together a systematic and comprehensive safety reporting scheme, which enables us to learn from accidents of course, but also from incidents. With the advent of bigdata analysis, such as in the EASA D4S project, safety agencies go even beyond in identifying trends even before they generate possible unsafe conditions.This year’s safety review has been organised in order to identify, for each type activity, which are the key areas of risks and where improvement can be made in order to increase the level of safety. For instance, in the area of aerodromes and ground handling, “aircraft movement under its own power” has been identified as the biggest contributor to the risk of collisions on the ground. This issue is being analysed in detail with a view to developing safety actions that can be published in the European Plan for Aviation Safety. This review is important as it allows the setting of safety actions and priorities, not only for EASA, but also for the different actors of the aviation supply chain. Because aviation safety is not the responsibility of only one actor, it is the duty of all.