Column: Air safety record can't get much better

09/1/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Industry experts say that after years of strong improvement, airline safety may have hit a plateau. With the rate of fatal accidents internationally now hovering around 0.6 per million flights, there may not be much room for immediate improvement, they note. Better technology and increased pilot training have led to unprecedented safety at major airlines; the vast majority of accidents today occur among smaller carriers from less-developed countries. Even so, regulators are doing what they can to boost the safety of U.S. aviation still further, including recent measures to improve the training of pilots at regional carriers.

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