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Cancun – In 2016 aviation in sub-Saharan Africa had its best performance within the last decade, with zero passenger fatalities and zero jet hull losses, according to records kept by the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Last year the all accident rate for sub-Saharan Africa was 2.30 per one million departures compared to 9.73 for the previous five years, Gilberto Lopez Meyer, senior vice president for safety and flight operations at Iata, told Fin24 at the association’s 73rd AGM.

He said Africa also saw continuing improvement in turboprop safety. The turboprop hull loss rate of 1.56 last year is 85% lower than the 10.51 yearly average during 2011 to 2015.

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