IATA and the Flight Safety Foundation have
released a new Runway Excursion Risk Reduction tool kit.
The tool kit is designed to reduce the number of
runway excursions, which are instances when an aircraft
unexpectedly leaves the runway during takeoff or landing.
IATA safety data for 2004-2008 identifies runway excursions as a
contributing factor in 27% of all accidents. Flight Safety
Foundation data confirms that this amounted to an average of 30
accidents per year over the last 14 years.
“Safety is our
number one priority,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General
and CEO. “Our safety record is constantly improving. Getting on a
plane is about the safest thing that anybody can do. And we are
determined to make it even safer. Data drives safety improvements.
This toolkit analyses the major causes of runway excursions and
provides practical solutions.”
The new tool kit provides an in depth
analysis of runway excursion accident data, a compilation of
significant risk factors, and provides recommendations for
operators, pilots, airports, air traffic management, air traffic
controllers and regulators to assist in addressing this challenge.
The toolkit also contains considerable training materials and best
practices for all operators.
“Safety is the responsibility
of everyone in the industry. The tool kit provides solutions for
airlines, airports and regulators - from training to on-the-job
implementation,” Bisignani added.
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