The announcement of the list of airlines with the worst safety records, which follows a traumatic year for aviation, has been mostly related to two major disasters, igniting debate surrounding issues of flight security and also over pilot’s mental wellbeing.
On January 3rd the list of airlines with the worst safety records. was announced that for the second year running, the ultimate cause of aviation deaths in 2015 was the unlawful interference. Put in other words, murder, in accordance with the report by a leading air safety firm T o70. The consultancy which cited the mysterious disappearance of MH370 and also MH17 which was shot down in 2015 over the Ukraine, as well as the Metrojet and Germanwings crashes in the Sinai and Alps respectively. 224 people were killed when the Metrojet Airbus A321-231 broke apart after its departure from the international airport of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.
In March 2015, the Germanwings Airbus A320-211 crashed into French Alps, which resulted in 150 people dead on board. It was then later unearthed that pilot Andreas Lubitz that had suicidal tendencies, had caused the crash. AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas pointed out that Germanwings has retained its seven-star safety rating for 2016 since the incident was caused by suicidal attempt by the pilot. “In our system of rating, which is approved and endorsed by aviation’s governing body, the International Civil Aviation Organization, if deaths did occur through acts of hijacking, terrorism or pilot suicide, they are not considered cause of crash record”, he stated. Let us have a look at the list of airlines with the worst safety records.
1) Batik Air
2) Bluewing Airlines
4) Kal-Star Aviation
5) Lion Air
6) Sriwijaya Air
8) Trigana Air Service
9) Wings Air
10) Xpress Air
Some aviation-safety experts have doubted the basis for the AirlineRatings survey, since it does not seem to prioritize what passengers regard as the most important safety consideration: an airline’s track record of flying millions of missions with no deaths. The two foremost European budget airlines, Ryanair and easyJet have fatality-free records, and flew around 180 million passengers between them safely. The three fliers from the British Isles which are included in the AirlineRatings “top ten safest cheap airlines”- Flybe, Aer Lingus, and Thomas Cook Airlines – carried 22 million passengers between them.
Malaysia Airlines, which are struck by two accidents leaving all passengers on board missing or dead in 2014, was given 5 stars out of possible 7 ratings: the same as Thomson Airways and Ryanair. This surely makes the list of airlines with the worst safety records about to be expanded. If a carrier has a crash which involves the death of a passenger and crew members, it automatically will lose a star from the safety-rating rankings. Iraqi Airways last month was banned from operating over EU airspace because of unaddressed safety concerns and also has been given only 2-star safety rating by AirlineRatings.com.
Thailand’ s aviation industry, included in the list of airlines with the worst safety records, was ranked un “special measures” last year after issues were flagged up by ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization. Airlines including Thai Airways, awarded 4 out of 7 stars for safety rating were spared being put in the EU blacklist. Officials stated that they would monitor future developments and would deem bans if air passenger safety was considered to be at risk.