Manoj Patankar Comments on Improved 2012 Air Safety, Safest in Nearly 70 Years

A new report reveals that 2012 was the safest year in air travel since 1945. Inspired by these improvements, aviation safety academic Manoj Patankar anticipates greater international efforts for safer air travel.

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Although many people in the world have a fear of flying, a new report highlighted in a CNN article suggests that air travel may be becoming safer. The article cites new data recently released by the Netherlands-based Aviation Safety Network (ASN), that assesses aircraft accidents and subsequent fatalities; not only did this research observe an improvement in the 10-year average of fatalities, but also suggests 2012 was the safest year in air travel since 1945. Even more encouraging, at the beginning of 2012, "the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called 2011 the safest year in aviation since 1945. The IATA counted 22 accidents and 486 fatalities in 2011, or one less accident but 11 more fatalities than the ASN's figures for 2012. As an author and educator in the field of aviation and aviation safety, Manoj Patankar remains highly encouraged by these rising levels of safety.

While the technological and engineering knowledge of aircrafts has immensely expanded in recent decades, Manoj Patankar also explains that international efforts to unify procedures has greatly affected these improving rates of air travel safety. However, according to the article some geographic regions have improved more than others. It states, "Africa is considered the least safe continent for air travel, accounting for 22 percent of all fatal airline accidents in 2012." Still, Africa only accounts for three percent of the world's flight departures.

Manoj Patankar explains further, "Airline safety has been improving in North America, Europe, and Asia as a result of a number of coordinated efforts on the part of international organizations and national regulatory authorities, as well as voluntary safety programs adopted by air carriers and repair stations. The emphasis in safety improvements has shifted from technical improvements to systemic improvements in organizational safety culture."

The article also explains that the recent data collected on aviation safety assesses the common causes of those incidents that did occur. The article reveals, "If the 2012 statistics are anything to go by, a plane is most likely to crash during the aircraft's landing approach. ASN notes that of the year's 23 accidents, only one took place during takeoff, five during initial climb, three en route, 10 during the landing approach and four upon landing." Using these assessments as a starting point, Manoj Patankar notes that greater research can be focused on improving these flight procedures. In an effort to better analyze these matters, Patankar has implemented programs at the Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University. Since its foundation, the Center for Aviation Safety Research continues to work with industry partners around the world to assess safety cultures and guide its improvement.


Manoj Patankar is a leading educator and academic administrator who has greatly contributed to the field of aviation, workplace safety, engineering and sustainability. In addition to serving as a university professor in varied fields, Manoj Patankar has fulfilled immense administrative and leadership duties as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Chief Academic Office at Saint Louis University. Manoj Patankar is also the author of several widely-read texts on aviation safety and has won several awards for his academic research and publications.

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