European statistics provider EUROSTAT revealed that 112 people died in air traffic accidents in 2020, a 31 percent decrease compared to 2019 when 176 deaths were recorded, TheSchengen.com reports.
EUROSTAT also revealed that similar to 2016-2020, 91% or 111 deaths were recorded as air accidents for 2020, which included general aviation, which has aircraft with a maximum take-off (MTOM) of less than 2,250 kg. This subcategory includes small aircraft, gliders, and “small aircraft”, as well as hot air balloons.
Moreover, the data shows that 73 percent of deaths in the category of aircraft weighing less than 2,250 kg were recorded in the following countries:
France (37 deaths) Germany (29 deaths) Italy (9 deaths) Poland (six deaths)
Furthermore, the next category with the most deaths (five) includes aerial work related to the operation of aircraft for specific services such as agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, and search and rescue.
In other words, general aviation (airplanes and helicopters) consists of all civil aviation operations other than commercial air transport and specific types of air business operations. General aviation consists of two subcategories: operations with aircraft with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) greater than 2,250 kg and less than 2,250 kg.
More specifically, the subcategory under 2,250 kg, including small aircraft, airships, motor gliders, small helicopters, small helicopters and hot air balloons, had the highest fatality rate (91% of all fatal accidents). Aviation). In most years, recorded deaths in air transport were recorded in this category, with the exception of 2015, when a large number of deaths appeared in commercial air transport due to the crash of a German plane in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.
In 2020, three deaths were recorded in general aviation accidents involving aircraft registered in the European Union with a MTOM of over 2,250 kg; This is slightly higher than in 2019 when one death was reported. Since 2006, fewer than ten deaths per year from accidents on EU territory involving such large aircraft have been recorded in the EU. This peaked in 2013, when nine air traffic deaths were recorded.
Furthermore, the data shows that no deaths were recorded in the 2016-2020 Air Accident Inventory for the general aviation category in countries such as Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Malta and Luxembourg. Four deaths were recorded in Ireland, Greece and Finland. The countries with the highest deaths, besides those mentioned earlier, include the Czech Republic (28 deaths), Spain (57 deaths), Hungary (21) and the Netherlands (15).