The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) observes a general trend of lower number of fatal accidents and fatalities over the past ten years, according to the findings in its 2018 edition of its Safety Report, released this week.

The report summarizes the organizations safety initiatives in 2017 and provides safety performance indicators in 2013–2017.

In 2017, there were 4.1 billion passengers travelling by air worldwide on scheduled commercial services, the organization summarized in a statement released on September 5, 2018. ICAO accounts 5 fatal accidents and 50 passenger deaths in 2017, putting the commercial aviation safety rate at 12.2 fatalities per billion passengers and confirming its previous proclaim that 2017 was the safest year on the record in aviation history.

In comparison, there were 7 fatal accidents in 2016 – another “lowest [rate] on the recent record”, while the years 2014 and 2015 saw “a spike in fatalities due to a number of acts of unlawful interference […] and the tragic events which caused significant loss of life in 2015”.

ICAO claims it remains “particularly focused on its safety priorities”, including Runway Safety, Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), Loss of Control Inflight (LOCI), and new safety initiatives. In 2018 report, it notes that global average of effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices increased from 64.7 % in 2016 to 65.5% in 2017.  69.19 % of 192 member states have achieved the 60 % target, set by the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) 2017–2019 edition.