Everybody knows about a Cebu Pacific plane’s emergency landing at Davao airport early this June. The incident caused disdain as the crew and authorities took more than 15 minutes to respond. Another Cebu Pacific plane skidded on the NAIA runway mid-June.
All this leaves me wondering how our airlines fare against each other in terms of accident rates, and this is what I’ve come up with - accident and fatal accident rates per aircraft-year among our major Philippine air carriers (click to enlarge):
Note: Philippine Airlines is the only airline that passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit.
- The airline accidents were weighted using aircraft-years, or the product of its fleet size and the years that it is in operation. This is to account for increased probability of accidents with larger fleets and longer years in service.
- The accidents considered were only from 1990 and after to remove the effect of accidents from older, smaller aircraft.
- ZestAir includes accidents during its time as Asian Spirit.
- Many factors that cause airline accidents, not just the operator. Also, younger airlines may have not yet flown enough flights to have any serious mishaps.