IATA Director-Global Safety Chris Glaeser said this week that through the first 11 months of 2009 there were 73 airline accidents worldwide in which significant aircraft damage was recorded, meaning the industry is on pace for a 38% improvement from the 109 accidents in 2008. "This is the best accident rate we've seen," he told the FAA International Runway Safety Summit in Washington. However, it should be noted that there have been multiple accidents this year with high fatalities, ...

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