Friday, December 16, 2005

QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS....

How safe is it to fly in Africa?
As investigators sift through the wreckage looking for the cause of Nigeria's second air disaster in less than two months we're asking, are Africa's skies safe?
So far this year, there have been 57 air accidents and 1,229 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network which monitors air crashes worldwide. Out of those, 15 happened in Africa and 390 people died.
And in 2004, a quarter of all accidents occurred in Africa - a region where air traffic is growing rapidly but which still accounts for only 4.5% of global traffic, according to the International Air Transport Association.
So, why is Africa prone to air accidents? As air companies rush to take off are they and governments ignoring safety? Should some pilots and planes not even be in the sky?

QUESTIONS FROM THE BBC

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