Sun, Nov 21, 2004
More Than Five Million Hours -- No Accidents
China's Civil Aviation
Administration says the country's non-military fleet of aircraft
has logged more than five million flight hours without a single
accident -- the longest streak in the history of the People's
The streak started in May, 2002.
From 1994 through 2003, China has averaged 0.62 accidents for
each one million hours of flight time, according to Wang Changshun,
the CAA's deputy administrator.
While that's a record for China, Wang pointed out, it's not as
good as in some western countries. The US, he said, has an accident
rate of 0.30 for every million flight hours. Wang pledged his
country would lower its rate to that of developed nations between
2006 and 2010.
China's civil fleet consists of 1,277 aircraft -- some flying
1,198 scheduled routes as of last year. The fleet carried 100
million passengers between January and October of this year, a 44.9
percent increase, according to the official Chinese news agency
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