The FAA recently released updated numbers detailing the number of air incidents this year.
The 37 verified incidents from January 1st through July 21st puts 2023 on a pace for slightly fewer incidents than the 74 that were recorded in 2022. That may sound like good news – and it is – but 2022 was far and away the most dangerous year since records have been kept, eclipsing 2021, with the next highest total at 54.
It’s hard to draw definitive conclusions, but it’s reasonable to imagine that a greater focus on battery safety throughout the aviation industry, from employees through customers, may be responsible for this heartening trend.
However, the use of lithium-ion batteries on board aircraft is surely on the rise, so these numbers are worth keeping an eye on. [Link to interactive graphic.]
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