December 23, 2009 09:39
Korean flag carriers Korean Air and Asiana Airlines have had no passenger fatalities caused by accidents over the past decade, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Tuesday.
The last accident that resulted in fatalities took place on Dec. 23, 1999, when a Korean Air B747 cargo aircraft crashed and killed four right after it took off from Stanstead Airport in the U.K.
A total of four accidents involving the country's flag carriers resulted in 307 deaths in the 1990s. In the 1980s, five accidents led to 481 deaths.
"The International Civil Aviation Organization and other international agencies rate the safety of airlines based on fatalities that have taken place over the past 10 years," said Lee Kwang-hee, the director of the ministry's aviation security division. He added Korean flag carriers' record of zero fatalities over the past 10 years proves that the country's aviation has reached a safety level comparable with countries like Australia, whose passenger aircraft has a record of no fatalities for 28 years, Germany (17 years), the U.K. (13 years), and Japan (10 years).
Korea received the highest score in the world in the ICAO's general evaluation of aviation safety, including air traffic control and airport safety facilities, in May last year.
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