The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the aviation safety performance for 2010 showing that the year’s accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft as the lowest in aviation history. The 2010 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft) was 0.61. That is equal to one accident for every 1.6 million flights. This is a significant improvement of the 0.71 rate recorded in 2009 (one accident for 1.4 million flights). The 2010 rate was the lowest in aviation history, just below the 2006 rate of 0.65. A hull loss is an accident in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired.Source: IATA press release No 10 of Feb. 23, 2011Full 2010 Aviation Safety Performance report available for download here>>.